Iran election tactics drive nuclear deal timetable

July 16, 2014 4:10 PM

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Iran election tactics drive nuclear deal timetable

VIENNA (Reuters) - Failure to solve Iran's nuclear dispute by a Sunday deadline may dismay weary negotiators in Vienna and stir fresh Middle East tension, but an extension of talks could reap political gains at home for the Islamic Republic's supreme leader.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would like to end the dispute - on favourable terms. But prolonging negotiations for a few months would help reinforce his position within Iran's complex power structure by delaying an easing of sanctions that is likely to benefit liberal competitors at elections due early in ...

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