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Hardliners Assail U.S.-Iran Thaw From Both Sides

Preparing for Iran’s annual rally to mark the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy, Mostafa Afzalzadeh said he wouldn’t let recent overtures between the countries stop him from attending and chanting “Death to America.”

“These games won’t fool people,” said Afzalzadeh, a documentary filmmaker, in a phone interview last week. The comment found an echo in Washington, where Senator Mark Kirk was among lawmakers saying sanctions on Iran need to be tightened regardless of talks due to resume in Geneva tomorrow, and the administration’s pleas to give them time. “It just seems a long rope-a-dope,” said Kirk, an Illinois Republican.