How Will the New Iranian President Handle the Nuclear Deal?

Published June 22nd, 2021 - 08:20 GMT
Ebrahim Raisi
Ebrahim Raisi will be taking over power next August. (Shutterstock: amagnawa1092 and ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Days after he has won the presidential elections in Iran, the stances of Ebrahim Raisi on the nuclear deal his country has been negotiating with the US and other western countries have drawn interest, as people have been wondering whether his policies will change the prospects of an approaching return to the JCPOA.

Ever since the political change in the US earlier in 2021, the world has been waiting for western countries and Iran to negotiate and return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, from which the Trump administration had withdrawn in 2017.

Negotiations between Iran and the US have already been taking place for months in Vienna, with all parties expecting a return to an agreement quite similar to the one signed between Iran, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, in addition to the Obama-Biden administration in 2015.

However, the recent win of Ebrahim Raisi who is considered by many as a hardliner has raised questions over the possibility of a new nuclear deal with Iran, especially as the new president, who is expected to assume power next August, has repeatedly stressed the need for a resilient Iran which the economy can overcome the grave consequences of US sanctions.

Throughout his election campaign, Raisi had welcomed the possibility of his country's return to the JCPOA "as long as it meets the Iranian interests," a stance that does not differ from that of the leaving president Hassan Rouhani or that of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

In his first international press conference, Ebrahim Raisi ruled out plans to meet with the US President Joe Biden in person but called on the US to return the deal 

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