Iran names new member of nuclear negotiating team

One analyst said Bagheri was a loyalist to revolutionary values, similar to Jalili

Iran names new member of nuclear negotiating team

Iran has named a new member to its nuclear negotiating team to act as a deputy to chief negotiator Saeed Jalili.

The student news agency ISNA said Ali Bagheri, a senior Foreign Ministry official, had taken over from Javad Vaeedi, who served as the deputy in charge of international affairs for the policy body, the Supreme National Security Council.

One analyst said Bagheri was a loyalist to revolutionary values, similar to Jalili. A Western diplomat said the move could indicate an effort by Jalili to increase his influence in the council which groups a range of viewpoints.

Ultimately, nuclear policy is decided by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's top authority who analysts say tends to reach decisions through consultation and consensus.

Bagheri took over the post last week following a decree by Jalili, ISNA said.

Jalili, who is close to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, replaced Ali Larijani, a political rival to the president. Larijani is a conservative but is seen by the West as more open to negotiating a solution than his successor.

The diplomat said Vaeedi, a long-standing member of the nuclear team, might still play a role in helping determine nuclear decisions even without an official position on the team.


Reuters

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