The Western powers promised over the weekend to step up efforts to revive Iran’s nuclear deal, while the capitals tried not to choose the outcome of the election. Ibrahim RiceConservative judiciary as head of Iran.
Negotiators in Vienna on Sunday postponed talks aimed at restoring the agreement. In Brussels, the EU said it was ready to work with Iran’s new government, insisting that “intensive diplomatic efforts may continue.” [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] get back on track. ”
U.S. officials said Sunday that the election of a hardline president did not diminish the Biden administration’s desire to revive the Iran nuclear deal.
US President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser Ake Sullivan told ABC News: “Our main task now is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. We believe that diplomacy is the best way to achieve this, rather than a military confrontation. “And so we are going to negotiate with the Iranians with a clear vision to see if we can achieve the result that their nuclear program will put in the box.”
He added that Iran’s supreme leader would be the one who would ultimately decide whether the country would back down from the nuclear deal, not the president.
But Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new right-wing prime minister who took office last week warned on Sunday that it was “the last chance for the world powers to wake up to a return to the nuclear deal and understand who they are dealing with.”
Speaking at the first session of the government, he added. “These guys are murderers, mass murderers. “The regime of brutal executioners must never be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction that will allow it to kill millions, not thousands.”
Israel is adamantly opposed to the resumption of the nuclear deal with Iran. It sees Iran’s hand behind its main rival in the region, Hamas controls the Gaza Stripև Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite faction և Lebanon’s largest political և military force.
Rice will take over the post in early August after winning Friday’s election, replacing Hassan Rouhani. Iran sought to restore the 2015 nuclear deal and get rid of US sanctions. The elections give the regime’s tough stances full control over all branches of the state, adding an extra layer of uncertainty to the already difficult process.
Rice said during her campaign that her government would continue nuclear talks, with Iranian analysts saying the regime should lift sanctions if the next president is to deliver on his promise to ease economic hardship in the country.
However, a pro-regime FT told the hardliners that they would like to negotiate on their own terms, would not change Tehran’s assertion that Iran’s support for regional militias, and the expansion of its increasingly sophisticated missile program were not negotiable.
Rice is far more in tune with the thinking of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader who has the final say in all foreign policy and security decisions, than Rouhani, who signed the nuclear deal in 2015 and sought to improve ties with the West.
The Rice administration is unlikely to try to establish a cold relationship with the United States outside of resolving the nuclear issue. Former US President Donald Trump suspended the deal in 2018 and again imposed sanctions on Iran.
Tehran has since violated the terms of the uranium enrichment agreement, raising concerns in European capitals about the prospect of a treaty under which Iran accepted restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of numerous international sanctions.
Esfandiar Batmangelij, a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, said that the victory in the elections should not have a direct impact on the Vienna talks, adding that the reunification of the US nuclear deal remains in Iran’s strategic interests.
But he warned that victory in the medium term would change the course of diplomacy. “The Raisi administration is unlikely to pursue such a ‘more for-money’ deal. The Raisi’s personal history հնարավոր his administration’s possible conduct could lead to more negotiations in the West, citing human rights issues.”
The negotiators for Iran, the other six signatories – the EU, Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China – have been trying since April to find a way to restore the agreement and pave the way for the United States to join.
The spokesman of the US State Department said. “Our Iranian policy is to advance US interests, regardless of who is in power. “We would like to build on the significant progress that has been made in the last round of talks in Vienna.”
Additional report by Michael Peel in Brussels