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Iran's new president rules out meeting with Biden

President-elect Ebrahim Raisi suggested he would continue President Hassan Rouhani’s foreign policies. 
Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi speaks during his first press conference in the Islamic republic's capital Tehran, on June 21, 2021.

Sitting before dozens of microphones in his first press conference since the election Friday, Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi fielded questions from domestic and international media. According to his responses, he intends to continue many of Hassan Rouhani’s foreign policies.

In regard to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Raisi said the current negotiating team would stay in place and are issuing reports to his foreign policy team. It is widely believed at this point that the current nuclear talks taking place in Vienna to have the United States reenter the nuclear deal and Iran return to full compliance with the terms of the JCPOA are being supervised by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all foreign policy matters.

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