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Hard-Liner Named As Iran's Nuclear Negotiator

By Vahid Sepehri

15 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today appointed ultra-conservative Ali Larijani as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.

Larijani's appointment does not need to be approved by parliament.

Larijani will be in charge of future nuclear negotiations with the international community. He was previously the head of Iranian state television.

Larijani has in the past supported resuming nuclear activities and click has been critical of negotiations with the European Union.

He is succeeding Hassan Rohani, who was widely perceived as more moderate.


Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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