Report: Foreign minister to lead Iran's new nuclear talks team

September 22, 2013 13:28

DUBAI - Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, will lead nuclear talks with world powers, Fars news agency reported on Sunday, a move that would see the experienced pragmatist succeed a conservative who had overseen a hardening of Tehran's position.

The report echoes a widespread expectation that the moderate Zarif will take over the sensitive role in line with an apparent desire by the country's new centrist president, Hassan Rouhani, to bring a more conciliatory approach to talks over Western powers' fears that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons capability.

Since 2007, sporadic negotiations had been conducted by the hardline Saeed Jalili, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war who was seen by Western interlocutors as an uncompromising ideologue.

There was no immediate confirmation of the report.

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