Tehran: Iran on Saturday urged the United States to end its sanctions against the Islamic Republic and accused President Joe Biden of pursuing “dead-end” policies similar to those of Donald Trump.
State Department spokesman Saeed Khatibzada made the remarks a day after the US Treasury announced financial sanctions against four Iranians accused of plotting to kidnap an Iranian-American journalist in the United States.
“Washington must understand that it has no choice but to abandon its addiction to sanctions and show respect for its statements and its attitude towards Iran,” Khatibzada said in a press release.
Under Trump’s presidency, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the six major powers.
The multilateral agreement offered Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for sanctions on its nuclear program.
Trump’s decision to withdraw from the United States in 2018 hurt him badly.
President Ibrahim Raisi said in his first TV interview since taking office last month that efforts to restore the agreement were on the government’s agenda but not under Western pressure.
“Many times Americans and Europeans tried to pressure us to join the talks, but to no avail,” Reese said in an interview broadcast on state television.
Biden has said he wants Washington back in the deal, but talks in Vienna, which began in April, have stalled since the ultra-conservative president won Iran’s presidential election in June.
In late August, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Biden’s administration of making the same demands as its predecessor.
And on Tuesday, Iran’s new foreign minister, Hussein Amir Abdullahian, suggested that the Vienna talks would not resume for two or three months.
“Negotiations are on the agenda, but not for the sake of negotiations, or negotiations for the sake of negotiations,” Raisi said Saturday.
“In these negotiations, we seek to lift repressive sanctions,” he added. We will not give up the interests of the great Iranian nation.
Tehran is demanding that all sanctions imposed or re-imposed by the United States from 2017 be lifted.
On Friday, the US Treasury announced sanctions against “four Iranian intelligence operatives” who were said to be involved in a campaign against Iranian opponents abroad.
In mid-July, according to a U.S. federal indictment, intelligence officers forced relatives in Iran of American-Iranian journalist Masih Ali Nejad in Iran to arrest him in a third country and take him to Iran in 2018. Go.
When that failed, he allegedly hired American private investigators to monitor the situation for the past two years.
Khatibzada called the US allegations “baseless and ridiculous” in July, and described them as “Hollywood scenarios”.