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MSNBC Guest: Iran Has ‘Good Reason To Distrust The United States’

​Iran is rightly skeptical and cautious of the United States in ongoing nuclear discussions, according to Newsweek’s Nina Burleigh. Appearing on MSNBC on Wednesday night to discuss the state of the negotiations, Burleigh explained that the U.S. should be viewed with a level of “distrust” due to its history of involvement in the Middle East.

“Well, obviously, I’m not in Switzerland, and I’m not up to speed on exactly what’s going on behind those closed doors,” she started off. “Very broadly, I can say that America is so often wrong historically, has been so often wrong on the Middle East. Let’s start there.”

#related#”In 1953, the United States engineered a coup crushing a moment of democracy in Iran,” Burleigh continued. “There have been other examples of that, of American behavior in the Middle East like that. Godspeed to Kerry and these people who are working with the Iranians now: The Iranians have good reason not to distrust — sorry, to distrust the United States. We have to talk to them: They are the relatively stable — they are relatively democratic — country in the Middle East. They’re not Saudi Arabia.”

On Thursday, a preliminary outline was struck by the U.S., Iran, and other world powers for a future nuclear deal.

Andrew Johnson is an editorial associate at National Review Online.

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