A senior Iranian cleric urged
Washington and Tehran on Friday to "join hands" to end
sanctions, local media reported, underlining the support of
Iran's influential religious establishment for President Hassan
Rouhani's diplomatic offensive.
Rouhani made overtures to the West last week during a visit
to the UN headquarters in New York and then spoke by telephone
with US President Barack Obama in the highest-level contact
between the two countries since 1979.
The US lead negotiator with Iran, Under-Secretary of State
, has held out the possibility of giving Iran some
short-term sanctions relief in return for concrete steps to slow
uranium enrichment and shed light on its nuclear programme.
"We await practical measures by US officials," cleric
Kazem Sedighi told worshippers at Friday prayers in Tehran
according to Iranian television.