Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Iran

Iran's President Lashes Out At Critics, Calls Them 'Political Cowards'

Iran's President Hassan Rohani has harshly criticized hard-liners opposed to making a deal over Iran's contested nuclear program with world powers, calling them "political cowards."

Rohani made the comments in a televised speech during an annual meeting of Iranian ambassadors on August 11.

Rohani said: "Anytime we negotiate, they start shaking. Well, to hell. Go and find a warm place for yourself." 

Rohani began his presidency in August last year by restarting nuclear talks with the West, which had been stalled under his hard-line predecessor, Mahmud Ahmadinejad. 

Hard-liners have opposed an interim nuclear deal struck in November, saying Tehran made too many concessions in return for too little. 

Iran and world powers have not yet achieved a long-term agreement.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

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