Although Iran’s election has already produced a likely right-wing winner, nuclear talks will continue.
Semi-official media outlets with links to Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard have already chosen a possible winner from the seven men who have qualified for the presidency.
The conservative is the most likely winner of that speculation, but even this move to the right might not be enough to turn the tide against the US-Iran nuclear talks currently underway.
The names of the seven candidates chosen from nearly 600 by Iran’s Guardian Council to run next month were first published by Fars News Agency on Friday. Former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalil, Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaee, legislator Alireza Zakani, Deputy Parliament Speaker Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, former Vice President Mohsen Mehralizadeh, and Central Bank Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati were among those on the right-wing-dominated list.
Fars News Agency released its own prediction of the results shortly after the report, which was later verified by the Iranian Interior Ministry, predicting a 72.5 percent landslide for Raisi, by far the most popular of the pack. It also expected a low turnout of 53 percent.
Raisi, a hardliner, has expressed reservations about Iran’s diplomatic outreach to the West, especially in light of former President Donald Trump’s 2018 withdrawal from a nuclear agreement with Iran and major world powers. Former President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani negotiated the deal, which will come to an end with this year’s election.
The United States’ withdrawal from the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was accompanied by the imposition of harsh sanctions on Iran’s economy. Even as President Joe Biden seeks re-entry into the agreement in return for Iran reinstating suspended enrichment restrictions, they remain in place.
However, with Raisi tipped to lead a much more conservative administration than Rouhani, Iran’s dedication to nuclear diplomacy remains a decision rooted in Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s ultimate authority.
“Iran’s position on the JCPOA is a structural decision,” Amwaj.media editor Mohammad Ali Shabani told Washington Newsday. “Iran’s position on the JCPOA is the product of an internal negotiating mechanism that bears the stamp of the supreme leader.” “Keep this in mind,. This is a condensed version of the information.