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Jailed Iran Leaders Show Rouhani Limits After Nuclear Win

Two elderly, ailing politicians under house arrest pose a tougher test of President Hassan Rouhani’s ability to change Iran than half a dozen world leaders in Geneva.

Rouhani’s diplomats have been lauded for last month’s nuclear deal to ease sanctions, helping the president meet one of the pledges that propelled him to a surprise election win in June. The tougher part of his agenda remains, with little progress on the promises of greater liberties for Iranians in their own country, where the fate of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi remains a litmus test.