Tehran orders the removal of anti-American posters
Move seen as attempt to improve relations as talks on nuclear programme proceed
Tehran city officials have ordered the removal of some posters featuring anti-American slogans, a sign that Iran is seeking better relations with the United States as the two sides hold talks over its nuclear programme.
A Tehran municipaTehran city officials have ordered the removal of some posters featuring anti-American slogans, a sign that Iran is seeking better relations with the United States as the two sides hold talks over its nuclear programme.l official said some anti-American billboards had been put up illegally and that the city had taken them down, state news agency IRNA said.
"In an arbitrary move, without the knowledge or confirmation of the municipality, one of the cultural institutes installed advertising billboards," said Hadi Ayyazi, spokesman for the municipality, according to IRNA.
According to IRNA, new anti-American posters questioning US honesty had been put up in Tehran since last week, ahead of the November 4 anniversary of the taking of hostages in the US Embassy in 1979.
One such poster depicted an Iranian negotiator sitting at a table with a US official who is wearing a suit jacket but also army trousers and boots, with a caption that reads, "American Honesty".
The city's move sparked protest from some hard-liners, including the influential conservative Kayhan newspaper, which criticised the decision in an editorial yesterday.
"Obviously, the posters only warned of America's dishonesty," the editorial said. "Therefore, their removal is unjustifiable for the people whose blood has been shed and who have suffered the bitter taste of America's hostility for more than 30 years."