Iran said to allow BBC journalists to return

UK broadcaster allowed to report in Iran for only a week, but its Persian-language service remains banned
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Journalists from UK broadcaster BBC will be allowed to report from Iran for up to a week for the first time since 2009, a government official has reportedly said.

However, the BBC’s Persian-language service would remain banned from the country, Iran’s Culture Ministry spokesman Hossein Nooshabadi told The Associated Press.

The service was banned in 2009 and journalists were expelled from the country during reporting of the disputed 2009 presidential election.

Iran also has accused the BBC of security-related offences.

The decision is likely part of attempts to normalise ties with the UK after Iranian hard-liners stormed its Tehran embassy in 2011, AP said.

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