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Iran’s Budget Woes Unlikely to Derail Nuclear Goals

A big slide in oil prices will hurt Iran's attempts to rescue battered living standards, but economic pain is unlikely to soften the Islamic Republic’s stance in nuclear talks or end aid to allies such as Syria, matters seen by its ruling clerics as strategic priorities. Experts examining Iran’s budget plans for 2015 say economic misery brought by sanctions and mismanagement has been a reality for years, and while social strains are deep among its 76 million residents, the clerics...

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