Adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and conservative presidential candidate, Ali Akbar Velayati, during an interview in Tehran, June 3, 2013.
Velayati, 67, served as foreign minister during the 1980-88 war with Iraq and into the 1990s. He was among the suspects named by Argentina in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.
Velayati was proposed by Khamenei - who was then president - to become the first prime minister. He was rejected by parliament and the post went to Mir Hossein Mousavi, who led the reform-minded Green Movement in the president election in 2009.
Velayati hinted during a pre-election debate that he might attempt to temper Iran's intransiegence in nuclear negotiations with the West should he be elected, giving an unusually public glimpse
into the split between some of the conservative candidates on the topic.