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Raisi says revival of nuclear deal not Iran's priority 

Talks to restore the 2015 accord have been in a state of impasse for 18 months, as both Iran and the United States appear to be increasingly reluctant for a breakthrough.
Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference in Tehran on Aug. 29, 2023.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with the United States was not his priority, claiming that under his administration, Tehran has managed to overcome Western sanctions.  

Addressing reporters at a televised press conference in Tehran on Tuesday, Raisi said the accord — formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — was "only one among many files" to be handled by his government.  

"We pursued relations with neighbors, and we succeeded," he added, praising his government for ascending into such non-Western bodies as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS group of nations. Membership in those entities, according to Raisi, is an indication of "Iran's progress and the failure of the enemies in isolating it."  

Despite the initial tendency expressed by the administration of President Joe Biden to reverse the American departure from the JCPOA under his predecessor, Donald Trump, US-Iran diplomacy to resurrect the accord has stalled since May 2022.  

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