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Tehran’s Mood Swing


Tehran’s Mood Swing

WASHINGTON—Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has paid a political price for his nuclear-fueled rhetoric. In February he compared Iran’s drive for nuclear energy to a runaway train with “no reverse gear” (Reuters), remarks that drew fire from Iranian moderates fearful he had done serious damage to Tehran’s diplomatic standing. In July, a panel of Iranian economists blamed the president (IHT) for Iran’s financial woes, including a spike in prices for basic commodities. Given the perceived blunders, some analysts predicted a tough reelection campaign (Foreign Policy) for the former mayor of Tehran come 2009.


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