Ex-nuclear negotiator close to Rouhani back in Iran
TEHRAN (AFP) - A former nuclear negotiator close to President Hassan Rouhani who was sentenced to two years in prison in 2008 for actions against "national security" has returned to Iran, media reported Tuesday.
"I have returned to Iran to stay," Hossein Moussavian told reporters on Monday at the funeral for the mother of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to the IRNA news agency. He had been living in the United States in recent years.
Moussavian was the spokesman for Iran's negotiating team when it was headed by Rouhani from 2003-2005.
But in April 2008, during the rule of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he was given a suspended two-year sentence and banned from public office for five years after the national security conviction.