Washington standby: A few days after the inauguration of the new Iranian president Ibrahim Raisi, S.He is known as an even more conservative and extremist man than his predecessor – and the Biden administration expresses doubts about the chances that talks with Iran will mature back into the nuclear deal. Biden’s people do not hide their concerns and believe that the Iranians may come to the negotiating table with new demands, which could stall the round of talks.
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Pessimism in the Biden administration: “We will have to re.evaluate the way forward”
“There is a real risk here that they will return with unrealistic demands about what they can achieve in these talks,” he said. U.S. envoy to nuclear talks Robert Mali. Mali, however, is not the only one who thinks so, but also Biden administration officials, who have already gotten to know the Iranian approach and talked to the New York Times, express the same position. “At this point we will have to re.evaluate the way forward, hopefully it will not get there,” Mali added.
The Israeli defense establishment is well aware of Raisi, known as the “butcher” and will take up his post on Thursday – having previously served as head of the judiciary. It is estimated that upon taking office, Raisi will adopt the conservative and extremist line of Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. According to them, Raisi may accelerate the trend of Iranian establishment on the borders of Syria and Lebanon as well as support the nuclear agreement, as his predecessor did in office.
During a press conference in Tehran, after Raisi was elected, he stressed that Iran’s foreign relations would not depend on decisions made under the nuclear deal. “We’ll be interacting with the whole world,” he said. He went on to say that the United States had violated the nuclear deal and blamed the EU for failing to fulfill its obligations: “Washington and European countries should salute and respect the nuclear deal.“
At this point it is still unclear whether Raisi will choose to continue with the existing Iranian negotiating team or decide to replace them with his own loyalists, to show that they can take a tougher hand – but both sides have a lot to lose, in case of failure in negotiations. The nucleus is a top goal, after Trump decided to retire from it.This move is also critical to the efforts of the U.S. administration to rebuild relations with European allies.
Meanwhile, the US envoy for the nuclear talks was interviewed last week on Mahdi Hassan’s talk show and commented on the US position on the nuclear deal.
“The current situation is a situation we have inherited – a situation that President Biden has decided we need to end,” he stressed. “The administration of the previous president, Donald Trump, at the time was running a massive pressure campaign on Iran, which to some extent tripped the United States and harmed its interests.“
“We are closer than ever to an agreement, but there are big gaps that are difficult to bridge,” Iran’s representative for nuclear talks with the superpowers, Abbas Arkady, said a day after Raisi was elected president of Iran.
Who are you Ibrahim Raisi?
Raisi has been serving as head of the judiciary since March 2019, with the direct appointment of Supreme Leader Khamenei. Raisi has a rich and dubious past in the Iranian justice system, and has for years been considered a hated figure in the wake of the many executions he ordered after the Islamic Revolution and the Iran.Iraq War, by virtue of his position as Attorney General. It is estimated that he signed the execution of between 5,000.30,000 opposition supporters, which earned him the nickname “the executioner from Tehran”.
The return of the firm and conservative line to the presidency could have a major impact on Israel in the coming years. In contrast to the cold embrace received by the Revolutionary Guards from Rohani – which manifested itself in budget cuts, condemnations and loose labor ties – Raisi is expected to give them a windfall that will fuel their activities in the region.
Raisi has the backing of the Revolutionary Guards, whose arms are deep in the depths of the country’s economy and power centers, having opposed reformist initiatives over the years, overseeing protest repression and using Iran’s power to change the balance of power in the Middle East. Raisi said only a strong government could continue talks. He has been accused by opponents from home and abroad of human rights violations that span decades, claims that are denied by his supporters to this day.
Raisi’s choice was received with concern in Israel. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said At a cabinet meeting in June Because it is “a signal to the powers to wake up a moment before returning to the nuclear agreement, and to understand with whom they intend to do business and what regime they choose to strengthen.” The Americans also came out against the elections in Tehran, claiming that “the Iranians were not given the right to elect their leaders in a free and fair election process.“