A former Iranian parliamentarian warned Wednesday that his country’s supreme leader was entering talks over Tehran’s nuclear program emboldened by having neutralized all but the most extreme voices in the government.

Seyed Aliakbar Mousavi, who served in parliament from 2000 to 2004, said that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was opposed to making concessions on the nuclear program in negotiations because he believed international demands on human rights and other issues would only increase if he yielded any ground on the nuclear front and eventually threaten the entire nature of the regime.

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