Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, will be the new chief delegate to nuclear talks with both the International Atomic Energy Agency and six major powers that include the United States. Analysts saw Thursday's move by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to take over control of the negotiations from the religious hierarchy as a sign that the new president plans to make good on a campaign promise to improve relations with the West.
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