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Iran in tepid reaction to Obama's re-election

Published on Nov 7, 2012 8:48 PM

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran on Wednesday gave a lukewarm reaction to the re-election of the US President Barack Obama, warning that the result would not lead to a normalisation of ties but not ruling out hope altogether.

"Four years ago, Obama was elected on a platform for change and said he was extending his hand for cooperation with Iran, but he acted otherwise and unprecedented sanctions were imposed," Fars news agency quoted judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani as saying, in Teheran's first official reaction.

"Relations with the United States are not simple, especially after all the pressure and US crimes committed against the Iranian people," Mr Larijani, who was appointed by supreme leader Ali Khamenei, said of ties severed more than three decades ago.

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