Iran appoints new envoy to UN as tensions grow with Washington

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Iran has appointed former diplomat and nuclear negotiator Majid Takht Rawangi as its UN chief while trying to salvage a nuclear deal with major powers despite the US withdrawal, state media said.

Takht Rwangi, 61, has been a senior political adviser to the Iranian President’s Office Hassan Rouhani since 2017. Prior to that, he served as deputy secretary of state for European and American affairs. He had served as ambassador to his country in Switzerland.

And his appointment as Iran’s delegate to the United Nations is a significant step since he is one of the negotiators who helped Tehran reach a nuclear deal with the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany in 2015.

But the deal was clouded last year when President Donald Trump withdrew from him, saying the deal he had entered before he took office favored Iran without justification.

The agreement imposed restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear program in return for easing international sanctions on Iran.

Other signatories are still trying to salvage the deal and protect Iran from US sanctions that Trump has imposed. Rouhani, who may weaken his position as a result of damage to the Iranian economy if the deal collapsed, called on other signatories to abide by their pledges on Tuesday before Tehran’s patience was exhausted.

On Monday, the US president named Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist organization, a move Iran said was “brutal” and vowed to respond.

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