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U.S. Frets That Time Is Running Out to Revive Iran Nuclear Deal

  • Tehran is reducing the ‘breakout time’ needed to build a bomb
  • Election of hard-liner Raisi has raised U.S. doubts further

Photographer: Carlos Barria/AFP/Getty Images

President Joe Biden’s team is beginning to grapple with the possibility that the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran he promised to revive may soon be beyond saving.

Hopes for a quick re-entry to the accord that Donald Trump abandoned have dimmed after six rounds of negotiations in Vienna, with little sign of when a seventh might start. The stalemate is compounded by Iran’s technological advances and the election of a new hard-line president, raising doubt about whether the agreement reached in 2015 would be sufficient to constrain the country’s nuclear ambitions anymore.