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Iran Hardliner Attacks Oil Minister for Europe Gas Plan

A leading Iranian conservative attacked the country’s oil minister for proposing the sale of natural gas to Europe once sanctions end, in the latest sign of internal divisions over President Hassan Rouhani’s detente.

Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of conservative newspaper Kayhan and a figure with close ties to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wrote that Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh’s proposal was “naive” and a betrayal of Iran’s ally, Russia, in its dispute with the U.S. and European Union over Ukraine.