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Associated Press Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (center) is flanked by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left), chief of the Expediency Council, and Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mr. Rafsanjani, who previously served as president of Iran and remains a political force, favors a more moderate approach to the West.

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Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (center) is flanked by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left), chief of the Expediency Council, and Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mr. Rafsanjani, who previously served as president of Iran and remains a political force, favors a more moderate approach to the West. (Associated Press)

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Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani at a seasonal meeting of Iran's Experts Assembly in Tehran Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Mr. Rafsanjani lost his position as the head of the Assembly, a powerful clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing Iran's supreme leader. (Associated Press)