Exclusive: Iran warns West that pragmatist Rouhani at risk from talks failure

February 7, 2015 6:09 AM

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Exclusive: Iran warns West that pragmatist Rouhani at risk from talks failure

ANKARA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister has warned the United States that failure to agree a nuclear deal would likely herald the political demise of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian officials said, raising the stakes as the decade-old stand-off nears its end-game.

Mohammad Javad Zarif pressed the concern with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at several meetings in recent weeks, according to three senior Iranian officials, who said Iran had also raised the issue with other Western powers. Zarif's warning has not been previously reported.

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