Iran President Eyes Nuclear-Deal Broker for Top Diplomat: Tasnim

(Bloomberg) -- Iran’s newly elected President Masoud Pezeshkian is set to name Abbas Araghchi as foreign minister, the Tasnim news agency reported, bringing the chief negotiator on the 2015 nuclear deal into the heart of government.

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Araghchi, who was deputy to ex-Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani that ended in 2021, has already been advising Pezeshkian on communication with world leaders and non-state allies like Hezbollah since his election win on Saturday, Tasnim said, citing an informed source.

Araghchi was Iran’s chief negotiator in talks with the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China that led to a landmark accord limiting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. His appointment will be seen as a strong sign that Tehran wants to re-engage the West and end a two-year diplomatic deadlock over its atomic activities.

The nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, collapsed after then-US President Donald Trump exited in 2018, before reimposing tough penalties on Iran’s economy, including a ban on its oil exports.

Araghchi is a former member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and has been working at the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, a state-run think tank that advises Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Pezeshkian is expected to be officially sworn-in as president on July 30, Iranian state TV reported, citing a lawmaker.

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