"In another unexpected sign of progress, Iran's minister of culture and Islamic guidance, Mohammad Hosseini, indicated on Monday that he would consider positively an application for a correspondent from the BBC's Persian TV (PTV) satellite channel."
The move is being interpreted as a slight thaw in Iran's tense relations with Britain and the west, especially because the BBC is often attacked by Iranian hardliners as a propaganda arm of the UK government.
The first public sign of the relaxation came with a report by an Iranian employee of the BBC's Tehran bureau, published today. The bureau remained open even when its last correspondent, Jon Leyne, was expelled in July 2009.
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