Jul 17, 2021 - World

Nuclear talks must wait for new Iranian president, official says

Iran's president elect

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's president, holds his first news conference on June 21. Photo: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Iran's deputy foreign minister said Saturday that efforts to finalize an agreement with Iran to return to the 2015 nuclear deal must wait until hardliner Ebrahim Raisi assumes the presidency.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has said it would like see a deal in place before Raisi's inauguration next month.

What he's saying: "We're in a transition period as a democratic transfer of power is underway in our capital. Vienna talks must thus obviously await our new administration," Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi tweeted on Saturday.

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