03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Iran Reformers to US: Let's Talk

Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi are among several key Iranian public figures saying that only direct, unconditional talks with the US can ease spiraling tensions.

Mr. Khatami - the reformist cleric who was twice elected in landslide victories - and Ms. Ebadi - a human rights lawyer who just launched a National Peace Council - are suggesting that hard-liners in the US and Iran should no longer dictate the terms of division. One Iranian analyst says: It's time to call the bluff on both sides - and talk.

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