A message to Raisi? The U.S. State Department said tonight (Thursday) that it hopes Iran will seize the opportunity to seek diplomatic solutions and return to talks in Vienna on a return to the 2015 nuclear deal. “The opportunity to achieve reciprocity for compliance with the agreement will not last forever,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
The remarks come in the wake of the inauguration of the new Iranian president, Ibrahim Raisi, who is considered a very extremist figure and the US has already imposed personal sanctions on him for allegations of human rights violations in his previous role as judge. On the Islamic Republic.
In his inaugural address, Raisi claimed that his victory in the election “is a message from the Iranian people to Iran’s enemies.” He added that “we are committed to the principles that Khomeini declared 40 years ago. Iran will continue its activities in Syria and Gaza and will stand by the oppressed wherever they are – in Syria, Palestine, Africa or Yemen.“