Supreme leader dismisses talks as Iran looks to post-Trump future

DUBAI: Iran’s supreme leader dismissed the prospect of new negotiations with the West on Tuesday, even as the Tehran government spoke optimistically about the return of foreign companies in “the absence of Trump” and his sanctions.

President-elect Joe Biden’s victory has raised the possibility that the United States could rejoin a deal Iran reached with world powers in 2015, under which sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme.

President Donald Trump abandoned the deal in 2018, and Tehran responded by scaling down its compliance.

Biden’s staff says the former vice president aims to restore the deal provided that Iran again abides by it. But diplomats and analysts have also said this was unlikely to happen overnight, as the adversaries would both want additional commitments. - Reuters �M5M}�+b9�qO��UB$�h\�@z\������gc