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Can US reassure Arabs, Israel on Iran deal?

The United States can provide more weapons and intelligence to Persian Gulf states to deter Iranian aggression but cannot prop them up against internal threats.
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's King Salman at the start of a bilateral meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh January 27, 2015. Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects on Tuesday after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4N5LG
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Sometime this spring, the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will come to Camp David, the woodsy presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains north of Washington that has been the scene of historic peace agreements.

There, President Barack Obama will attempt to reassure anxious Sunni Arab monarchs that an emerging nuclear agreement with Shiite Persian Iran will not fuel that country’s aspirations for regional hegemony.

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