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Iran looks to resume flights to US

Iran's president has asked aviation authorities to study the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the United States for the first time in more than 30 years.

Hassan Rouhani's request reflects Iranian efforts to possibly build on the groundbreaking exchanges with Washington that included a telephone chat last week between the new Iranian president and president Barack Obama.

Iran's immediate goal is to resume talks over its nuclear programme to seek easing of Western sanctions. But Tehran also appears willing to explore expanded contacts.

The semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted a senior government officia, as saying Mr Rouhani wants to study the options of direct flights.

More than a million Iranian-Americans live in California and elsewhere. Direct flights halted after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


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