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The Signal From Iran: No Thaw in U.S. Ties

Conservatives, taking control of parliament, aim to slow the pace of change in the country. Conservatives taking control of Iran’s parliament offered a view Tuesday of what might lie ahead: sharp rhetoric toward the United States, a slowdown in the pace of social change and a stiff rebuff of Western concerns that Friday’s elections marked a setback for democracy. Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, the conservatives provided no specifics on economic policy, or whether they would reduce limited social freedoms enacted in recent years. Conservative forces won at least 149 seats in the 290-seat parliament, with the ballot count continuing. The leader of the main conservative coalition, the Developers of Islamic Iran, told reporters there would be no thaw in relations with the U.S. until Washington took the first step and recognized Iran’s Islamic Revolution. Full Story

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