Iran’s High-Risk Gamble as Vienna Talks Resume

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Negotiations between world powers and Iran aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal resumed in Vienna on Monday, for the first time under hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi. Should they succeed, Iran stands to benefit from a much-needed boost to oil export revenues, three years after the US abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and imposed crippling sanctions. But the deal is on life support — and the seemingly impossible demands set out by Tehran, alongside Iran’s advanced enrichment activity and energetic regional diplomacy, indicate that the Raisi administration is preparing to live with the agreement's demise.

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