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New U.S. sanctions could actually bolster Iran’s standing among other world powers such as Russia. After all, Rouhani can claim, with justification, that he engaged the United States in good faith, but was only met with more punishment. Iran may then have an easier time convincing other countries that the time has come to loosen the sanctions regime.
"The U.S. doesn't really need the BSA if it wants to stay," one senior allied official said. "Politically, it is important. But it is not necessary."