Could Zarif tilt Iran’s election toward longshot reformist Pezeshkian?


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June 21, 2024 Zarif back in the arena Iran’s sole reformist candidate for president, lawmaker Masoud Pezeshkian, has shaken up the race by enlisting former Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as his foreign policy adviser. Zarif, who served as foreign minister under President Hassan Rouhani (2013-2021), was the architect of the Iran nuclear deal, which was cheered by Iranians when signed in 2015. Iran’s economy surged the next three years, until US President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord in 2018 and imposed even tougher sanctions on Iran. Many Iranians nonetheless may look back with some nostalgia at the Rouhani...