Iran’s new president and the nuclear deal
Islam News – Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s ultra-conservative former judiciary chief, was elected president after a campaign that was widely viewed as engineered to ensure his victory. His win may give President Biden an opportunity to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.
U.S. negotiators say the next six weeks before Raisi is inaugurated may be a unique window to strike a deal reviving the agreement, which Donald Trump ripped up three years ago. The theory in Washington and Tehran is that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been stage-managing not only the election but also the nuclear negotiations — and does not want to give up his best hope of lifting the crushing sanctions that have kept Iranian oil largely off the market.
The longevity of Iran’s authoritarian government has defied the assumptions of experts, foreign adversaries, its own citizens and, seemingly, the fundamental laws of history.
The U.S. national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said on Sunday that key challenges remained to the nuclear agreement, including on sanctions and Iran’s nuclear commitments, and that Iran’s final decision on the matter rests with the supreme leader, and not the president.
Source: The New York Times