DUBAI - Tehran city officials have ordered the removal of some posters featuring anti-American slogans, a sign that Iran is seeking better relations with the United States as the two sides hold talks over its nuclear program.
A Tehran municipal official said some anti-American billboards had been put up illegally and that the city had taken them down, state news agency IRNA said on Saturday.
"In an arbitrary move, without the knowledge or confirmation of the municipality, one of the cultural institutes installed advertising billboards," said Hadi Ayyazi, spokesman for the municipality, according to IRNA.
Ayyazi did not specify which posters had been taken down. According to IRNA, new anti-American posters questioning US honesty had been put up in busy Tehran thoroughfares since last week, ahead of the Nov. 4 anniversary of the taking of hostages in the US Embassy in 1979.
One such poster depicted an Iranian negotiator sitting at a table with a US official who is wearing a suit jacket but also army trousers and boots, with a caption that reads, "American Honesty".
The banners implied that the real US goal in negotiations is to attack Iran rather than find a diplomatic solution to the dispute over its nuclear program.
It is unclear who was behind the posters, but hard-liners have expressed skepticism of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's efforts to engage with the West and the United States.