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Iran's Rouhani blames hard-liners for deadlock with US

The statement was yet another sign of frustration from the outgoing president, who has found hard-liners closing windows on a deal between his government and the United States. 
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C) addresses parliament in the capital, Tehran, on Sept. 3, 2019.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani blamed "parliamentary bureaucracy" for the delay in the lifting of US sanctions that have almost brought the Iranian economy to its knees over the course of the past three years.

"My government has done the job with regard to the sanctions removal, [but] we are kept waiting by this or that parliamentary committee," he declared at an oil project inauguration ceremony on June 24.

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