The White House is pushing to ease the way for companies to complete deals with Iran, aiming to cement the landmark nuclear agreement reached last year and make it difficult for future administrations to undo it, senior U.S. officials said.

The effort, which borrows from President Barack Obama’s playbook for solidifying U.S. relations with Cuba, got a boost this week when Boeing Co. reached a $17.6-billion deal with Iran to sell commercial jets to the country’s main airline.

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Ease   /iːz/  Verb

to make or become less severe, difficult, unpleasant, painful, etc.:

“To ease the problem of overcrowding, new prisons will be built.”

“These pills should ease the pain.”

“After the arrival of the United Nations soldiers, tension in the area began to ease.”


Cement   /sɪˈment/ Verb

to make something such as an agreement or friendship stronger:

“The university’s exchange scheme has cemented its links with many other academic institutions.”


Administration   /ədmɪnɪˈstreɪʃ(ə)n/   Noun

the management of public affairs; government.

“the inhabitants of the island voted to remain under French administration”


Undo   /ʌnˈduː/   Verb

cancel or reverse the effects or results of (a previous action or measure).

“there wasn’t any way Evelyn could undo the damage”

synonyms:         revoke


Borrow     /ˈbɒrəʊ/ Verb

take (a word or idea) from another language, person, or source and use it in one’s own language or work.

“the term is borrowed from Greek”

“adventurous chefs borrow foreign techniques where appropriate”

synonyms:         adopt


Playbook   /ˈpleɪbʊk/   Noun

a set of rules or suggestions that are considered to be suitable for a particular activity, industry, or job: a notional range of possible tactics in any sphere of activity

“Typically, outsiders are brought in to execute a specific playbook, i.e. to solve a particular problem in a particular way.”


Solidify   /səˈlɪdɪfaɪ/   Verb

Make stronger; reinforce:

“social and political pressures helped to solidify national identities”