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From Iran's perspective, India is a big business opportunity. Not only will its insatiable appetite for hydrocarbons grow, but the Indian economy could yield important trade deals. Perhaps most important is that India's defence industry is largely impervious to American sanctions - providing Iran with a nearby pool of expertise and spare parts.
In reaching out to each other, Teheran and Delhi are looking to put the past behind them and recast their relationship. But such bonhomie does not suit America, which sees Iran as part of the global "axis of evil".
It was not always thus. In fact the United States built Iran's first nuclear plant at Amirabad, and knew that the Shah began a low-grade weapons research programme in 1967.