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Iran's Raisi Wants to Navigate the Nuclear Minefield With an Ideological Compass

In his inaugural address, new Iranian president Raisi swore to tackle the explosive issues he inherited. Urgent economic needs are likely to return him to talks over resuming the nuclear deal -- which he has tried to foil

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“We won’t forget and we won’t forgive,” read a headline this week in the conservative Iranian newspaper Vatan Emrooz. It was aimed at outgoing President Hassan Rohani.

Kayhan, a newspaper close to supreme leader Ali Khamenei, mocked Rohani’s government as “the government of hope and faith in America,” adding that it “left us in a worse situation than where we were in 2013,” when Rohani was first elected. That same day, some 16,000 people joined a Twitter account called “We won’t forgive you” that was aimed at Rohani.

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