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Biden has no plans to meet new Iranian leaders, White House says

June 21, 2021

By Trevor Hunnicutt

Washington (Reuters) -US President Joe Biden has no plans to meet with Iran’s newly elected leaders, according to the White House, which downplayed Ebrahim Raisi’s influence.

Raishi, a harsh western critic, will take over from practitioner Hassan Rouhani on August 3 after the elections on Friday.

At a press conference on Monday, he supported a conference to save a tattered nuclear deal with Washington, but excluded a personal interview with Biden.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki said Monday that little has changed as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is Tehran’s main decision maker.

“We currently have no plans to meet with Iran at the diplomatic relations or leader level,” she told reporters. “In our view, the decision maker here is the Supreme Leader.”

Mr Saki said negotiators have finished round six talks on how both Iran and the United States will return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement. The agreement could lift Western sanctions on Iran.

The White House “is looking forward to seeing where it goes,” she said, but they couldn’t predict when or if the deal would close.

(Report by Trevor Hunnicutt and Andrea Shalal, edited by Rosalba O’Brien)



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