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Nuclear Deal Could Mean McDonald's for Iran

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Iran must be lovin' this new era of diplomacy.

A McDonald's in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The chain's next Middle East expansion could be Iran.
A McDonald's in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The chain's next Middle East expansion could be Iran.
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Earlier this week, Iran came to terms with the United States and other world powers on a historic nuclear deal, which will hopefully keep humanity safe from nuclear winter for a little while longer. A potential bonus for the nation, reports the BBC, is the expansion of McDonald's into the Teheran market.

Iran has been facing economic sanctions since 2002, but once those are lifted the country will have an easier time attracting American businesses. One such business could be Mickey D's, which now offers an online application form for potential franchisees in Iran. On its international franchising website, the chain says it has not "set a firm date for the development of McDonald's restaurants in Iran. In the future we may take steps to open McDonald's restaurants in Iran, and if we seek a franchisee to represent us the person will have the following characteristics."

McDonald's last entered a new country in February 2014, when it opened a location in Vietnam. While a new market could lead to more international expansion for the chain, McDonald's is downsizing in America for the first time ever.

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