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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a "cowardly attack" at a military parade in Iran over the weekend was carried out by a separatist group supported by the U.S. He's seen here speaking in Tehran earlier this month. Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters hide caption

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Sunday. After a wave of economic protests swept major cities, Rouhani said people have the right to protest, but those demonstrations should not make the public "feel concerned about their lives and security." Uncredited/AP hide caption

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Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad raises his hand Wednesday as he registers to run in Iran's presidential election next month. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon during morning prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. He signaled his approval of the nuclear agreement with Western powers but reiterated that Tehran's policy toward the "arrogant" United States would not change. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seen here in a photo released by his official website Thursday, stopped short of giving his endorsement to the framework nuclear deal struck last week. AP hide caption

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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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