Iran’s Supreme Leader: US Must Return to Nuclear Pact First

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    The Biden administration has said that Iran must first fulfill its commitments to restore the nuclear deal.

    Tehran, Iran – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamani says the United States must return to its commitments under the historic 2015 nuclear deal.

    He said that Germany, France and the United Kingdom – the three European powers that signed the nuclear deal with the US – also no longer had the right to reconsider their commitments beforehand, he said.

    “They temporarily removed some restrictions for a very short time after the deal, but then they turned around and even extended the restrictions,” Khamnai said during a meeting with Air Force commanders.

    “Therefore they have no right to set conditions on it. Iran has the right to set conditions on the continuation of the JCPOA as Iran fulfills all its commitments from the beginning.

    The supreme leader said that Iran has set its terms for the deal, so that it will not back down.

    “If they want Iran to return to its JCPOA commitments, the US should lift the sanctions altogether. And not just orally on paper. They have to rescind the restrictions in action and we will verify it.

    The Joe Biden administration has said that to restore its predecessor nuclear deal unilaterally abandoned in 2018, Iran must first fulfill all its commitments under the Landmark Agreement.

    A year after former President Donald Trump banned Iran, the country slowly withdrew some of its commitments.

    But shortly after, in December, top nuclear scientist Mohsin Fakhrizade was brutally murdered near Tehran, Iran promoted its nuclear program and is now enriching uranium to 20 percent purity.

    Last week, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif proposed that the EU’s foreign policy chief, Joseph Borel, take “choreographed” steps by Iran and the US to return to compliance with the nuclear deal.


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