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DUBAI, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Iran, emboldened by the disorderly withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan, bet its new hard-line cabinet - including Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani - can force concessions in Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal talks with world powers.
Bagheri, an uncompromising senior diplomat, was appointed on Tuesday to replace Abbas Araqchi, a seasoned pragmatic diplomat and chief negotiator in the negotiations which Tehran hopes will lead to a lifting of US sanctions.
"Kani is an extension of the deep state of the hardline that is nowin charge of all institutions in Iran and can more easily negotiate with the West as he not only represents the government but has the power ((the US withdrawal from Afghanistan) gave the regime in Tehran more confidence in its regional approach to surrogate warfare while showing that the United States is lagging behind in the region. "
Iran alarmed Washington and its Arab Gulf allies by relying on proxies in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, to gradually expand its influence across the Middle East.
Bagheri, who was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, had been a senior negotiator in nuclear talks under former radical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from 2007 to 2013. He is a relative of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The Iranian parliament has appAll the big names of President Ebrahim Raisi were ruled at the end of August, except one for a firm of hard-line supporters who will be tasked with implementing their plans to ease US sanctions and deal with worsening economic difficulties.
Indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States stopped in June, days after Raisi was elected president of Iran. US Secretary of State Antony Ben said last week that time is running out for Iran to return to the nuclear deal.
Official involved in talks says Iran 'Enrichment with large numbers of advanced centrifuges is an unresolved issue, as is Iran ' s request to "verify " compliance of the United States before slowing down its nuclear program.
This official said that the check meant relaxationfolding US sanctions, Iran's export of some of the oil and its payment through an international bank before Tehran takes steps to make its program less likely to be used to manufacture weapons nuclear
Western powers on Monday dropped plans for a resolution criticizing Iran to the UN atomic watchdog after Tehran has agreed to extend monitoring of some nuclear activities, although the watchdog said Iran has made no "promise " on another key issue.
During a last-minute visit to Teh led this weekend by IAEA chief Rafael Grossi, Iran agreed to grant his agency access in delay in its equipment in Iran which monitors certain sensitive areas of its nuclear program. The inspectors will exchange the memory cards more than two weeks afters their replacement. Grossi said on Sunday that the deal solves "the most pressing problem " between the IAEA and Iran.
He said however clarified Monday that another source of concern - Iran 's failure to explain the uranium jitters found at several old but undeclared sites - he had received no firm commitment.
Nicki Siamaki, analyst at Control Risks, said Bagheri's appointment, especially if he replaces Araqchi as chief nuclear negotiator , this could prolong the process of reaching a deal with the United States, as its masters would raise the stakes to reach a deal they say meets their terms.
The 2015 nuclear deal placed restrictions on Iran 's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran.
So- President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018, reimposing tough economic sanctions on Iran. Tehran responded a year later by violating many restrictions of the agreement and later enriching uranium to purity levels much closer to military grade.
Mohanad Hage Ali, member of the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, said the Iranian narrative is to persevere in their demands and they will emerge victorious from the weakened United States .
The Iranian-backed Hezbollah paramilitary group, he said, used images of people falling from a plane from Afghanistan to suggest that those who bet on American power will suffer the same fate.
" Kabul sent shockwaves and have consequencesences ", he said. Additional reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi in Dubai Edited by Alistair Bell
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