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UK Mulls Reopening Iran Embassy

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In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, center, attends a graduation ceremony of army cadets, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Oct. 5 2013. Iran's top leader hinted Saturday that he disapproved of the phone call between Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama during the Iranian leader's trip to New York last month, but he reiterated his crucial support for the president's policy of outreach to the West. (AP | AP

LONDON — LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague says his country is taking interim steps toward reopening its embassy in Tehran.

Hague said Tuesday that the coming months "may be unusually significant" in British-Iranian relations, which have been beset by argument over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

The British embassy was closed in late 2011 as tensions over a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities ran high.

The recent election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has raised hopes of a thaw in relations between Iran and the West and a possible deal over the nuclear program. But Hague cautioned that there are still several competing centers of power in Iran.