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Iranian nuclear negotiators face further criticism

Iran's nuclear negotiators are coming under more criticism and some believe that the supreme leader will soon take a hard line on the talks.
Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Javad Zarif takes part in a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart in Yerevan on January 27, 2015, during his visit in Armenia. AFP PHOTO / KAREN MINASYAN        (Photo credit should read KAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

There are murmurs in Tehran that the pressure on the moderate nuclear negotiation team is rising. A hard-line figure has admitted in an interview with Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that his like-minded friends have made a string of targeted attacks against foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif and his team.

The figure, a graduate of Imam Sadeq University, which specializes in training future managers of the Islamic establishment, told Al-Monitor that he had said in a private meeting with other hard-liners that "they are stepping up pressure” over concerns that Americans are wasting time in the negotiations.

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