Allegations that Iran’s newly-elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, helped the hostage-takers at the US Embassy in 1979 have caused a stir in Washington but are unlikely to cause a sea change in the already-strained relations between the two countries, US officials and regional specialists said yesterday. Ahmadinejad was already regarded in Washington as an unfriendly extremist, even before former American hostages said in recent days that they recognized him as one of their former captors after seeing his picture in the newspaper. Full Story
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