Iranian girls show their hands, marked with the words "Down with USA," at Monday's demonstration in Tehran. Abedin Tahrkenareh /EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': 'New York Times' Tehran Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep

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Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's candidacy for the country's presidency was rejected Tuesday by the powerful Guardian Council. He's seen here on May 11 registering his candidacy for the June 14 election. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP hide caption

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2009. Behrouz Mehri /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports

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