Rouhani accuses Iranian hardliners of 'cheering on' other side in atom talks

January 31, 2015 4:13 PM

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Rouhani accuses Iranian hardliners of 'cheering on' other side in atom talks

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, growing frustrated with hardline resistance to a nuclear deal with the West, accused opponents on Saturday of effectively "cheering on" the other side in Tehran's grueling negotiations with world powers.

Soon after his 2013 election victory over conservative hardliners, the pragmatist Rouhani set out to end a 12-year nuclear stand-off with the West and thereby secure the lifting of tough sanctions that have crippled Iran's oil-based economy.

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