Clerics Seen Tightening Grip on Post-Election Iran

Iran's President-elect, Mahmoud Ahamadinejad, meets with President Khatami.

Earlier this week, President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (left), met with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in Tehran. Reuters hide caption

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Analysts are divided over the direction U.S.-Iran relations may take as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assumes the presidency. Most agree his election confirms the controlling power of conservative clerics. But some say key hardliners see a value in better U.S. relations.

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