Iran’s Hardline President-elect Ebrahim Raisi Says He Won’t Meet Biden

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Iran’s hardline president-elect demanded an end to American sanctions on his country and Washington’s fully compliant return to the 2015 nuclear accord, suggesting in his first official news conference that he’ll maintain the current administration’s efforts to preserve the deal.

Ebrahim Raisi’s very election on Friday, however, could prove a complicating factor in negotiations, as the U.S. will face demands from rights groups to maintain sanctions targeting him personally over his alleged involvement in mass killings and crackdowns.

“I seriously recommend that the U.S. government swiftly return to its commitments and remove the entirety of the sanctions,”

said Raisi, a cleric close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “The Iranian people don’t have a happy memory of the nuclear deal because it yielded the unexpected: the U.S. breaking its promises and the Europeans not carrying out their obligations under the deal.”

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