Save for later Print Download Share LinkedIn Twitter The election of ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi as Iranian president in June was always going to complicate the US administration’s efforts to return to the nuclear deal. And so it is proving. With the looming threat of a Western-backed resolution criticizing Iran for obstructing the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) work, Tehran agreed to temporarily allow inspectors to service cameras and other agency monitoring equipment. This may have defused a crisis, in what could be a make-or-break month for talks. But the situation has hardly improved, with the replacement of Iran’s chief negotiator further undermining the prospects of reviving the deal.