Iran’s Secret Diplomacy

Persian Insiders Say Hard-Line Clerics Are Romancing U.S. Officials

Overnight, Bush's speech gave the conservatives a shot in the arm. As angry Iranians took to the streets, the clerics promised to retaliate against any American strike by blowing up oil wells. Thus Bush has reinvigorated the very political group he supposedly opposes. Whether Khatami can reassert leadership, take charge of Iran's foreign policy, and head off U.S. attacks is more and more in doubt.

Additional reporting: Gabrielle Jackson

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