Iran says it’s ready for nuclear deal but asks: Is the U.S.?

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Iran’s president insisted on Wednesday that his country was serious about reviving an agreement to stop receiving nuclear bombs, but questioned whether Tehran could count on a US commitment to any final deal .

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The US had already “trampled on” the previous deal, President Ibrahim Raisi told the UN General Assembly, referring to the US’ decision to pull out of the deal in 2018.

Since Iran’s 1979 revolution, which overthrew its Western-backed Shah, Tehran has been at odds with the United States and has sought to present itself as a counterweight to American power.


Tehran’s resolve to resist US pressure has led to close ties with countries such as Russia, developed a domestic ballistic missile program and attempts to export its narrowly revolutionary ideals to Middle East countries through Shiite militias and proxies. has done.

Its nuclear program, which Iran insists is for peaceful energy purposes, is seen as an extension of its defiance of the US-led world order.

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After former President Trump walked away from the deal negotiated by the Obama administration, Tehran has consistently waived every limit on its nuclear enrichment deal.

But efforts to salvage the deal are now nearing a take or leave turn. EU officials have warned that the window for achieving a nuclear deal is about to close.

In exchange for agreeing to the terms of the new nuclear deal, Iran would be relieved of economic sanctions and given greater access to global financial markets and US dollar flows.

There is “a great and sincere desire to resolve all issues” in the nuclear talks, Raisi said, but added: “Our desire is only one thing: adherence to commitments.”

“Can we really trust without guarantees and assurances that they will live up to their commitment this time?” he asked America

The fluctuating US foreign policy with successive administrations has worried not only Iran, but also US allies, who have questioned America’s credibility and commitment to agreements, from climate to security.

Even as he expressed his desire to reach an agreement, Raisi criticized what he said was a unilateral investigation into Iran’s nuclear activities, while the nuclear programs of other countries remain secret – Israel’s one. Reference, which has never confirmed nor denied having such a weapon. Israel, which strongly opposes the nuclear deal, accuses Iran of hiding aspects of its nuclear program from UN inspectors.

“We will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,” President Biden said in his speech at the United Nations, but he insisted that the US is ready to rejoin the deal if Iran moves forward with its commitments. Is.

Raisi, formerly the head of Iran’s judiciary, also denounced Western “double standards” on human rights. He accused Israel of building the world’s largest prison through a blockade of the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

He also cited mass graves of indigenous people found in Canada and the way the US detained migrants and refugees on its southern border.

Wearing a traditional black turban identified with Shia clerics, Raisi held a photograph of slain General Qasim Sulemani, whom he described as a “freedom-seeking man”. The Revolutionary Guard chief, who oversees Iranian militias and proxy armed groups in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and beyond, was assassinated in a Trump-authorized strike in 2020 at the height of tensions with Iran.

Raisi, who was sworn in as president a year ago, is said to be a dependent of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He spoke from the stage at the United Nations for the first time in his role as President. Last year, he made the remarks virtually in the assembly due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

He told the gathered leaders that Iran wanted “comprehensive relations with all our neighbors” – a clear reference to the enemy of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in the region.

Saudi Arabia and Iran have held several direct talks over the past year, although tensions between the two remain high. Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates recently reopened its embassy in Tehran and sent an ambassador there.

Raisi’s speech comes at a sensitive time in Iran.

Israel’s shadow war against Iran continues. It is widely believed to be behind the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists and sabotage attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

Meanwhile, Western sanctions, which Raisi described as a “punishment on the Iranian people”, ate up Iran’s reserves, increased inflation, and devalued Iran’s currency against the US dollar.

Economic protests have erupted – and are often met with deadly force.

In recent days, protesters have clashed with police in cities across the country, including the capital, over the death of a 22-year-old woman held by ethics police for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strictly enforced dress code.

Raisi has offered condolences to the woman’s family and promised an investigation, while other Iranian officials have accused unidentified foreign countries of capturing the incident to fuel unrest. His death has ignited long-running anger among many Iranians, especially young people, among the country’s ruling clerics.


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