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Iran tensions

Xi lacks diplomatic muscle on Iran nuclear talks: analysts

Chinese leader pledges to help kick-start stalled deal after meeting Raisi

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, right, walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a state visit to Beijing on Feb.14.   © Xinhua/AP

SHANGHAI/TEHRAN -- Xi Jinping's pledge to help revive the stalled Iran nuclear deal is being cautiously welcomed by Washington, but observers warn that the Chinese leader's success could be "very limited" with Beijing-Tehran ties at a low ebb.

Xi made the comments on Tuesday, after meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during his three-day official visit to Beijing, where the pair also agreed to beef up economic ties, with Iran hoping to persuade China to restart work on developing a major oil field near the Iraqi border.

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