As the U.S. prepares to reenter the nuclear deal with Iran that began under the Obama administration, Iran has demanded that the U.S. vow to never pull out of the deal again.
In 2015, while Barack Obama was still president, the U.S. and Iran entered a nuclear deal. In 2018, while Donald Trump was president, he pulled out of the deal. Later this month, President Joe Biden will be meeting with Iran officials in Vienna to re-enter the deal. The Middle-Eastern country wants the U.S. to provide assurance it will never back out of the deal again.
During a news conference, Said Khatibzadeh, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, said that Washington “must guarantee that no other American government can flout the world or international law, and that what was done will never be repeated.” After Trump pulled out of the deal, sanctions were reimposed on Iran, including a ban on its oil exports, which hurt their economy. Washington must “definitively lift the unjust and illegal sanctions they have imposed following their withdrawal from the nuclear accord,” Khatibzadeh said.
In 2019, after the U.S. left the deal, Iran resumed nuclear activities, which were strictly banned under the 2015 deal. Khatibzadeh said Iran would only reverse its “compensatory measures” if the sanctions were lifted, saying there would be no partial return to the deal. “Either we agree on everything or we agree on nothing.”
On Saturday Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had a phone call with Sergei Lavrov, who is his Russian counterpart. During the call, he said the West would need to be “realistic” and not consider bringing “excessive demands” for Iran. Like Khatibzadeh, he emphasized that the U.S. lifting sanctions was key to continuing negotiations. According to Khatibzadeh, Deputy Foregin Minister Ali Bagheri will be Iran’s chief negotiator in Vienna this month. He is visiting London, Paris, Berlin, and possibly Madrid this week.
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