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Iran’s Hard-Line President-Elect Says He Won’t Meet Biden

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Iran's new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi waves to participants at the conclusion of his press conference in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 21, 2021. Raisi said Monday he wouldn't meet with President Joe Biden nor negotiate over Tehran's ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias, sticking to a hard-line position following his landslide victory in last week's election. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(AP) — Iran’s president-elect says he’s not willing to meet with President Joe Biden or negotiate over Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its support for regional militias. Ebrahim Raisi stuck to his hard-line position on key issues at his first news conference Monday after winning the presidency in a landslide last week.

The United States, which is trying to resurrect Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, had hoped to eventually negotiate a stronger deal that addresses America’s other concerns about Tehran.

Top diplomats, meanwhile, report progress at talks Sunday in Vienna as they try to restore the accord, which was abandoned by the Trump administration.

 

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