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AP: Clerics Blocked Bid for Better US Ties

President Mohammed Khatami hoped to make icebreaking diplomatic overtures to the United States but was blocked by Iran’s ruling clerics, his former vice president said, suggesting any such attempts by Khatami’s successor would meet the same fate. Mohammad Ali Abtahi told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Khatami saw opportunities to reopen dialogue during the 1990s, but was overruled by the powerful non-elected theocracy that had ruled Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.Full Story

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