National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan isn’t worried that Iran’s new president will derail talks between Tehran and other world powers about possibly reviving the 2015 nuclear deal.
During an appearance on News’ This Week on Sunday, Sullivan was asked by host George Stephanopoulos if the election of Ebrahim Raisi will affect the chances of reaching a deal. Sullivan responded that no, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, will decide for the country.
“He was the same person before this election as he is after the election, so ultimately, it lies with him,” Sullivan added.
The negotiations are ongoing in Vienna, and it’s believed that Khamenei has approved them because he wants to see sanctions against Iran lifted.
Khamenei is seen as a mentor to the ultraconservative Raisi, Iran’s former judiciary chief.