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Iran to move away from nuclear-centered foreign policy

Iran’s likely new foreign minister will not be as focused on the nuclear deal as was his predecessor. 

Iran’s parliament will vote Aug. 25 to approve or disqualify President Ebrahim Raisi’s proposed ministers. With a parliament dominated by conservatives and a conservative president, most ministers will likely acquire the vote of approval — intrafactional fighting permitting, of course.

One of the most important positions to be filled will be that of foreign minister. Since 1981, Iran has only had five foreign ministers, most of them serving long stints in the position. Given the importance of the Foreign Ministry, similar to that of the Intelligence Ministry, the candidate chosen by the president is often vetted by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s office first. 

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