Iran’s president says country serious about reviving nuclear deal, questions US commitment
Iran’s president said on Wednesday that his country was serious about reviving a deal to curb its nuclear program, but questioned whether he could count on a US commitment to any final deal.
In 2018, former US President Donald Trump withdrew from a deal brokered by the Obama administration. This has prompted Tehran to abandon every limit on its nuclear enrichment agreement over time.
Ibrahim Raisi addressed the UN General Assembly as talks to revive the nuclear deal take a moment or leave it.
“Our desire is only one thing: adherence to the commitments,” Raisi said, noting that it was the US that pulled out of the agreement.
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He asked whether Iran “can really trust without guarantees and assurances” that the US will live up to its commitments this time.
EU officials have warned that the window for securing a deal is about to close. The 2015 deal banned Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief, which Tehran insists it never received.
Raisi, who was sworn in as president only a year ago, said, “America crushed the nuclear deal.” His speech is the first time he has taken the stage at the United Nations in his role as President. Last year, he made the remarks virtually in the assembly due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
He also said what he said was a unilateral investigation into Iran’s nuclear activities, while the nuclear programs of other countries remain secret, with reference to Israel.
Wearing a traditional black turban identified with Shia clerics, Raisi also told gathered leaders that Iran wanted “comprehensive relations with all of our neighbors” – a threat to the enemy of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in the region. clear reference.
Saudi Arabia and Iran have held several direct talks since US President Joe Biden took office, although tensions between the two remain high. Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates recently reopened its embassy in Tehran and sent an ambassador there.
Raisi also condemned the sanctions imposed on Iran, calling them a “punishment on the people of Iran”.
Western sanctions have devoured Iran’s reserves and pushed up inflation in the country, which reached 40% last year. In the summer, Iran’s currency hit its lowest level against the US dollar.
Raisi’s speech comes at a politically sensitive time in Iran. Protesters have clashed with police in recent days in cities across the country, including the capital, over the death of a 22-year-old woman 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.
Raisi, who was elected last year in a vote that saw low turnout and disqualified several candidates, has been described as a refugee of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In 2019, Raisi was sanctioned by the United States over his involvement in the mass executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988, a little more than a decade after the 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew the country’s Shah and its current democratic-led leadership. system was introduced. ,
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