Tehran has made it clear that it will not back down from its initial position, demanding that the US lift all nuclear sanctions before the regime even considers scaling back its numerous nuclear deal violations. Those violations have brought Iran to higher levels of uranium enrichment than ever before, with some of that enrichment being applied to uranium metal, a substance with no function other than as a key component in the core of a nuclear weapon.
This isn’t to say that Raisi and Eslami wouldn’t continue their duplicity. They have both demonstrated their commitment to doing so in various situations. Raisi, for instance, has strongly contributed to the regime’s efforts at downplaying the massacre of political prisoners in which he played a leading role in 1988.
Last week, the Iranian regime’s parliament confirmed Ebrahim Raisi’s cabinet appointments in masse. In subsequent days, that government has continued to take shape, further fueling expectations that Tehran will soon accelerate its malign activities, as well as its crackdown on domestic dissidents.