Iran’s Raisi says sanctions must be lifted to reach nuclear deal

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President Ibrahim Raisi says guarantees should be established to ensure the “permanent removal” of sanctions on Iran.

Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi has said that US sanctions must be lifted in order to reach a nuclear deal, and there must be guarantees to ensure their “permanent removal”.

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Speaking exclusively to Resul Sardar of Al Jazeera in Uzbekistan, the Iranian president also said that now is not the time for one-on-one talks with the United States, and that he called on Washington to reach an agreement with Tehran. questioned its honesty.

“The lifting of sanctions must be accompanied by resolution of security measures. There are some political and baseless allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran when it comes to protecting issues,” Raisi told Al Jazeera in the city of Samarkand, where He attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting on Thursday.


“Therefore, we must finalize these security issues,” he said.

“With respect to the guarantees, if we have fiduciary guarantees, and we have to remove the restrictions permanently, not remove the restrictions temporarily, and if there is a permanent solution to the security issues, then certainly on agreement. It’s possible to reach.” The President said.

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Months of indirect talks between Iran and the administration of US President Joe Biden to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have come to an end.

Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 deal, under which Tehran agreed to withdraw its uranium enrichment program and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons in return for lifting crippling sanctions that allowed Iran to It was allowed to sell its oil and gas around the world.

The 2015 deal was signed in Vienna by the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, the European Union and Iran. The IAEA repeatedly confirmed at the time that Tehran was fully meeting its nuclear commitments under the terms of the 2015 agreement.

‘American Honesty’

Al Jazeera’s Serdar said the Iranian president has so far not benefited from one-on-one meetings with US officials.

“They said Iran has tried before, done it before, and it didn’t work,” Serdar said.

“He also questioned the integrity of the US, the sincerity of the US approach to the issue. Why do they impose new sanctions on Iran in the midst of negotiations if the US wants to finalize a deal,” he said.

The US recently imposed new sanctions on Iranian companies to help move Iranian drones to Russia for use in Ukraine, as well as for an Iranian ministry of involvement in a cyberattack on Albania, an allegation Which Iran has called baseless.

The IAEA said on 7 September that it was “not in a position to assure that Iran’s nuclear program will be completely peaceful”.

Tehran has long said that its nuclear program is focused on nuclear energy and not weapons.

Iran’s economy and people have been severely affected by decades of international sanctions.

A UN reporter published a report this week detailing the effects of decades of sanctions on Iran and calling for their removal. Report author Alina Dohan said the sanctions have affected almost every aspect of life in Iran.

Doohan said the provision of drugs and medical equipment to Iran was “severely undermined” by sanctions on finance, trade, shipping, insurance and over-compliance on the part of foreign businesses and suppliers.

“All these are serious obstacles to the enjoyment of Iranians’ right to the highest attainable standard of health,” she said.

Sanctions have been imposed on Iran since 1979 when the Islamic Revolution took place in the country.

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