New Iranian president, making same old statements, says he won't meet US counterpart

Raisi says "no" to negotiations on missiles or on regional militias, and "no" to a meeting with Biden 

Iran will not negotiate with the U.S. on its ballistic missile program or on regional militia forces, said the new president of Iran, Ibrahim Raisi, in Tehran at his first news conference as president. Raisi also announced that he will not meet with U.S. President Biden, and called on the U.S. to abide by the 2015 nuclear agreement that restricts the nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.     

Raisi was quoted by Iranian news agency IRNA as saying that the U.S. should return to its commitments under the deal, and that issues regarding regional militias and missiles are nonnegotiable.                              

President Raisi also said that Iran is ready to renew its diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia that were severed in 2016. The New York Times said the remarks were aimed at building ties with countries in the region that do not closely identify with the U.S. 

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