EU foreign policy chief says he hopes the Iranian and EU diplomats will have preparatory meetings in Brussels in the days to come to revive nuclear talks.
Iran was South Korea's third-largest Middle Eastern trade partner before the US unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and reimposed crippling sanctions.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that "talks are on the agenda, but not talks for the sake of talks, or negotiations for the sake of negotiations".
Prospects for the revitalisation of the nuclear deal have been getting dimmer as Iran’s new hardliner leadership wants the full implementation of the original agreement from 2015.
With the election of Raisi, Tehran has entered a new phase, more intense in its efforts to abolish dissent and under complete control of revolutionary powers.
Social media is already widely restricted in Iran but a controversial censorship bill could choke public debate even further.
The cleric and former chief justice’s inauguration comes as the country struggles to revive a sanctions-hit economy and restart stalled nuclear talks.
Iranian diplomats are not prepared to engage with the US for nuclear talks as they wait for Raisi to replace Rouhani in August.
Iran has accused Israel of several attacks on facilities linked to its nuclear programme and killing its nuclear scientists over the past years. Israel has neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.
Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, a hardline cleric sanctioned by the West, takes the reins from Ebrahim Raisi, who was elected president last month.
Disinformation campaigns cannot be prevented by shutting down Iranian websites, says a Tehran-based journalist.
The Pentagon’s reduction of US troops and military hardware in the Middle East shows a reorientation of the Biden administration’s priorities in the region.
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