TEHRAN: Iran urged america Saturday to cease its habit to sanctions in opposition to the Islamic republic and accused President Joe Biden of following the identical “useless finish” insurance policies as Donald Trump.
Overseas ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh made his remarks a day after the US Treasury introduced monetary sanctions in opposition to 4 Iranians accused of planning the kidnapping within the US of an American journalist of Iranian descent.
“Washington should perceive that it has no different selection however to desert its habit to sanctions and present respect, each in its statements and in its behaviour, in direction of Iran,” Khatibzadeh mentioned in a press launch.
Underneath Trump’s presidency, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear settlement between Tehran and 6 main powers.
The multilateral deal supplied Iran reduction from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.
It was torpedoed by Trump’s determination to withdraw america from it in 2018.
President Ebrahim Raisi, in his first TV interview since taking workplace final month, mentioned on Saturday that making an attempt to revive the deal “is on the federal government’s agenda, however not underneath stress” from the West.
“A number of occasions the People and Europeans have tried to exert stress to have interaction in dialogue, however in useless,” Raisi mentioned within the interview broadcast on state tv.
Biden has mentioned he desires to reintegrate Washington into the pact, however talks in Vienna that started in April have stalled for the reason that ultra-conservative Raisi received Iran’s presidential election in June.
On the finish of August, supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Biden’s administration of constructing the identical calls for as his predecessor in talks to revive the accord.
And on Tuesday, Iran’s new Overseas Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian steered that the Vienna talks wouldn’t resume for 2 or three months.
Raisi mentioned Saturday that “talks are on the agenda, however not talks for the sake of talks, or negotiations for the sake of negotiations”.
“In these talks, we search to acquire the lifting of oppressive sanctions,” he added. “We is not going to give in on the pursuits of the good Iranian nation.”
Tehran is demanding all sanctions imposed or reimposed on it by the US since 2017 be lifted.
On Friday, the US Treasury introduced sanctions in opposition to “4 Iranian intelligence operatives” it mentioned have been concerned in a marketing campaign in opposition to Iranian dissidents overseas.
In keeping with a US federal indictment in mid-July, the intelligence officers tried in 2018 to power American-Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad’s Iran-based kinfolk to lure her to a 3rd nation to be arrested and brought to Iran to be jailed.
When that failed, they allegedly employed US personal investigators to observe her over the previous two years.
Khatibzadeh in July referred to as the American expenses “baseless and absurd”, referring to them as “Hollywood eventualities”.