Iran Seeks Tighter China Ties Amid Nuclear Impasse

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Hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi is doubling down on his policy of developing Iran’s relations with its non-Western allies, notably China, as a way of resisting US sanctions. Crude sales play a key role, with China's power crisis and energy price spike possibly adding momentum to the illicit Iran-China trade. Iran’s reluctance to resume talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal is meanwhile causing visible frustration in the West. Enrique Mora, the EU official coordinating the talks, visited Tehran Thursday to try and persuade Iran to return to the table.

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