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Iran Replaces Veteran Nuclear Negotiator With "Hardliner" As Vienna Talks Still In Doubt

A week after Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the US is "getting closer" to giving up completely on the Iran nuclear deal after Vienna talks have been on hold since June 20, Iran on Tuesday replaced its longtime veteran negotiator with a senior diplomat who's widely being described as a "hardliner".

The recently installed administration of Ebrahim Raisi has named Ali Bagheri Kani to replace Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi. Araghchi had spearhead the original negotiations on the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and has been at the forefront of Iranian efforts in Vienna.

However, Ali Bagheri Kani - who happens to also be a relative of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei - had been part of Iran's nuclear negotiating team under former President Ahmadinejad from 2007 to 2013. It was during that time that efforts to achieve mutual understanding over Iran's nuclear program with the West failed and sanctions were imposed.

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