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International relations

Iran nuclear deal reboot in peril as hard-liner rises to power

Raisi launches presidency pledging to end US sanctions and 'protect the people'

TEHRAN/WASHINGTON -- Thursday's inauguration of conservative hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi as Iran's new president has clouded prospects for restoring a nuclear deal between the Mideast nation and the U.S.

"I will protect our nation and the people," Raisi declared after he was sworn in. "I'll do everything in my power to have [U.S.] sanctions lifted," he added, signaling he would drive a hard bargain at the negotiating table.

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