US unable to return to JCPOA before lifting sanctions
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in an exclusive interview with Presstv, stressed Iran's firm position that the US will not be able to return to the historical nuclear agreement known as JCPOA before removing all sanctions against Tehran.
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The senior diplomat made the remarks in an interview conducted on Sunday as he said," US President Joe Biden has spurned predecessor Donald Trump’s Iran policy in words, but has so far pursued the same course of action in practice."
The Trump administration unilaterally abandoned the nuclear deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, and unleashed what his team called a “maximum pressure campaign” with the stated objective of forcing Iran to negotiate “a better agreement.”
The Islamic Republic refused to bow down to pressure and threats and responded to Trump’s maximum pressure policy with “maximum resistance.”
President Biden has expressed a willingness to bring the US back to the nuclear accord. However, his administration is demanding to see changes from Tehran before Washington would consider lifting the sanctions, as demanded by Iran.
The Islamic Republic insists that as the party that has abandoned its international obligations, the US should take the first step by removing the unlawful bans in a verifiable manner.
Doubling down on Iran’s firm position in that regard, Zarif reiterated that Washington would not be able to return to the JCPOA unless it removed the sanctions.
Iranian Foreign Minister rapped the US over "addiction to sanctions, bullying and pressure" and noted that the strategy does not work for a country with millennia of history and a global empire that lasted longer than the United States' history.