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Iran’s president-elect talks of easing tensions with US

Rowhani says win has changed image in world

TEHRAN — President-elect Hasan Rowhani, speaking Monday for the first time since his election victory, said he wanted to reduce tensions with the United States but ruled out direct talks between the two estranged nations.

In his first news conference after winning Friday’s presidential election, with a campaign promising more freedoms and better relations with the outside world, Rowhani called the issue of nonexistent relations between Iran and the United States “an old wound, which must be healed.”

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