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Sights of Tehran, by CNN's Jim Sciutto. Jim and Producer Jennifer Rizzo took these photos while on assignment in Tehran in January.

Updated 4:09 PM ET, Thu January 30, 2014
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"Inside the Foreign Ministry compound in Tehran today (January 28) , I met a group of middle school kids on a visit to the history museum. They didn't speak much English - and me virtually no Farsi - but I managed to get across I'm an American and a New Yorker, which sparked some big smiles and lots of thumbs-up. I'm sure they'd have no problem making friends with my sons. And while moments like this are common and don't surprise me, I think there's great value in seeing that kids here in Iran aren't much different from our own." - CNN's Jim Sciutto. WATCH THE INSTAGRAM VIDEO and see how these kids reacted when Jim told them he's an American. Follow Jim (@jimsciutto) on Instagram for more photos from inside Iran. Jim Sciutto/CNN
The Hall of Mirrors inside the Foreign Ministry in Iran. This room is just to the side of the reception hall where foreign ministers of other countries are received. A massive chandelier is at its center and the walls of this room are lined with intricate glass patterns. Photo by CNN's Jim Sciutto. Follow Jim (@jimsciutto) on Instagram for more photos from inside Iran. Jim Sciutto/CNN
Women gather for Friday prayers at the Mosalla prayer house in Tehran on January 24. Photo by CNN's Jennifer Rizzo. Watch at CNN.COM as CNN's Jim Sciutto reports from the ground in Tehran, where Iran finds itself in the middle of several newsmaking stories. Follow Jim (@jimsciutto) on Instagram for more photos from inside Iran. Jennifer Rizzo/CNN
A street vendor sells Persian sugar beet snacks (laboo) in Tehran's main bazaar - peeled, boiled beets skewered one on top of another in a cart, hot to the touch. Photo by CNN's Jennifer Rizzo. WATCH THE INSTAGRAM VIDEO by CNN's Jim Sciutto as he samples this Persian delicacy. Follow Jim (@jimsciutto) on Instagram for more photos from inside Iran. Jennifer Rizzo/CNN
"Here I am sitting down in Iranian FM Zarif's office after his grueling 16-hr working day on January 29. I sat down with Zarif for an exclusive interview focusing on Iran's reaction to the SOTU speech." - CNN's Jim Sciutto. Photo by CNN's Jennifer Rizzo. Follow Jim (@jimsciutto) on Instagram for more photos from inside Iran. Jennifer Rizzo/CNN
"I got a rare visit inside the former US Embassy in Tehran seeing where the hostages spent those 444 days and all the once-secret spaces. "There is no time for imperialism in Iran any more," says this message scrawled on the US Embassy wall by a hostage-taker." - CNN's Jim Sciutto. Follow Jim (@jimsciutto) on Instagram for more photos from inside Iran. Jim Sciutto/CNN
Anti-American murals outside the former US Embassy in Tehran. Photo by CNN's Jennifer Rizzo. WATCH THE INSTAGRAM VIDEO by CNN's Jim Sciutto and see how they are toning down the anti-American murals outside the former US Embassy. Follow Jim (@jimsciutto) on Instagram for more photos from inside Iran. Jennifer Rizzo/CNN
"This is Dizi, my favorite Iranian dish by far. Named for its cooking pot, Dizi is a stew of lamb, chickpeas, beans and a tomato broth, mashed together with a mortar and pestle and flavored with turmeric and yogurt. Delicious and so filling, you tend to pass out right after. Perfect." - CNN's Jim Sciutto. Follow Jim (@jimsciutto) on Instagram for more photos from inside Iran. Jim Sciutto/CNN
A Tehran shopkeeper breaks into a traditional Persian love song called "This is the last time". - CNN's Jim Sciutto. WATCH THE INSTAGAM VIDEO Follow Jim (@jimsciutto) on Instagram for more photos from inside Iran. Jim Sciutto/CNN
"Sanctions relief can't come quickly enough for cancer patients like Shahla in Iran. The most effective drugs are European and American and so only possible to buy on the black market. The interim nuclear agreement is designed to change that." - CNN's Jim Sciutto. Watch Jim's report on how nuclear sanctions are being felt by cancer patients in Iran. Follow Jim (@jimsciutto) on Instagram for more photos from inside Iran. Jim Sciutto/CNN