Iran cleric praises atom talks, signals shift

By REUTERS
April 20, 2012 19:38

 
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DUBAI - An influential Iranian cleric praised recent nuclear talks between Iran and world powers on Friday, the latest in a series of positive statements from senior figures that analysts said could signal Tehran is softening its stance.

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, secretary of the powerful Guardian Council, said the talks showed "success and progress" but added Tehran would break off the negotiations if Western countries carried on imposing sanctions while negotiating.

World powers held talks with Tehran in Istanbul last week over their concerns about its nuclear program, which the United States and its allies say is a cover for developing an atomic weapons capability.

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