US not expecting policy change from Iran after election of reformist president

The Times of Israel reports: “The United States said Monday it did not expect policy changes from Iran after voters elected reformist candidate Massoud Pezeshkian and downplayed chances to resume dialogue.

‘We have no expectation that this election will lead to a fundamental change in Iran’s direction or its policies,’ State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters.

Miller said supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was expected to call the shots in Iran, an adversary of the United States since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

‘Obviously, if the new president had the authority to make steps to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, to stop funding terrorism, to stop destabilizing activities in the region, those would be steps that we would welcome,’ Miller said.

‘But needless to say, we don’t have any expectation that that’s what’s likely to ensue.’…”

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