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Why Trump can’t replicate the North Korea summit with Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks by photographers
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

One of many questions in the aftermath of the Singapore summit is whether President Trump might seek a similar breakthrough with Iran.

The big picture: Such a meeting would be just as unprecedented as the Trump-Kim encounter: No American president has met an Iranian president since the 1979 revolution. Even President Obama, whose administration negotiated a major nuclear agreement with Iran, was spurned when he sought a handshake with President Hassan Rouhani at the UN.