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Despite Iranian overtures, anti-US chants continue

Hard-liners still oppose efforts by new president

TEHRAN — Iranians chanted ‘‘Death to America’’ and burned the US flag after weekly prayers in Tehran on Friday despite their new president’s outreach to the West and promises of moderation and easing of tensions with the outside world.

The chants, customary after Friday services in the Iranian capital, reflect the challenges facing President Hassan Rouhani as he tries to build on the groundbreaking exchanges with Washington that included a telephone chat last week with President Obama — a gesture aimed at ending three decades of estrangement between the two countries.

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