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Many Iranians pessimistic about reaching deal to ease sanctions
Many Iranians pessimistic about reaching deal to ease sanctions

As a Monday deadline looms for Iran and global powers to craft a nuclear accord, the official media here are already priming weary citizens for the possibility that no agreement will be forthcoming. Commentators leave little doubt who will be responsible. “America should be blamed for any failure,” an anchor on state-run television advised viewers Friday. At Friday prayers in central Tehran, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati ticked off a few words of advice for negotiators in Vienna. “Do not be scared of America,” the powerful cleric counseled Tehran’s team in the Austrian capital. “Do not accept humiliation.” Speculation was rife Friday that an...

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