Iranians cheer nuclear negotiators at airport

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Associated Press

Posted on November 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 6:03 PM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear negotiators are back in Tehran.

They were greeted by hundreds of cheering supporters as they arrived late Sunday night.

The crowd, mostly young students, called both Iran's foreign minister and its top nuclear negotiator "the Ambassador of Peace."

The people chanted: "We are thankful in the capacity of eight years," referring to the eight years of poor relations Iran had with the West under former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

They also chanted: "No to war, sanctions, surrender and insult."

Tehran agreed Sunday to a six-month pause of its nuclear program while diplomats continue talks. International observers are set to monitor Iran's nuclear sites as the West eases about $7 billion of the economic sanctions crippling the Islamic Republic.

Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif told state television at the airport that the country was prepared for quick follow-up negotiations to keep the deal on track.

Both Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, and moderate President Hassan Rouhani supported the deal.

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