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Iran's Rouhani warns of domestic opposition to nuclear deal

Published on Jan 16, 2014 10:48 PM

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Thursday that he was facing domestic opposition to a landmark nuclear deal with major powers that is to go into effect next week.

Mr Rouhani, whose June election has led to a quickening rapprochement with the West after years of hostility, said there was organised opposition in Iran to his efforts to allay Western concerns about its nuclear programme in return for an easing of sanctions.

"A group does not wish to see the sanctions lifted," the president said in remarks reported by the Tasnim news agency.

"This group - for their individual and party interests - is against the normalisation of relations with the world."

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