Exclusive: Iran warns West that pragmatist Rouhani at risk from talks failure




 
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February 7th, 2015  
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Topic: Exclusive: Iran warns West that pragmatist Rouhani at risk from talks failure


By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau ANKARA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister has warned the United States that failure to agree a nuclear deal would likely herald the political demise of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian officials said, raising the stakes as the decade-old stand-off nears its end-game. Mohammad Javad Zarif pressed the concern with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at several meetings in recent weeks, according to three senior Iranian officials, who said Iran had also raised the issue with other Western powers. Western officials acknowledged that the move may be just a negotiating tactic to persuade them to give more ground, but said they shared the view that Rouhani's political clout would be heavily damaged by the failure of talks.




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