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

Report by: RFE/RL; photos by Faraj Samadi, Islamic Republic News Agency

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."

President Hassan Rohani speaking with FM Mohammad Javad Zarif sitting next to him

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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