Tehran: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the United States to lift all sanctions Sunday. He said if the United States wants Iran to live up to commitments under its nuclear deal with world powers, then it has to lift all sanctions, state TV reported. These are the first comments made by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the matter since US President Joe Biden took office.
“If (the US) wants Iran to return to its commitments, it must lift all sanctions in practice. Then we will do verification then we will return to our commitments,” Khamenei said.
Former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US in 2018 from the atomic deal. It saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Biden has said he will seek to revive the deal, but insisted that Iran must first reverse its nuclear steps. This has created a contest of wills between the nations.
“This is the definitive and irreversible policy of the Islamic Republic. All of Iran’s officials are unanimous on this. No one will deviate from it,” asserted Khamenei. He reiterated Iranian leaders’ previous remarks that the US must ease its sanctions before Iran comes back into compliance. The supreme leader, 81, has the final say on all matters of state in Iran. He approved the efforts at reaching the nuclear deal in 2015.
In response to Trump’s so-called ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against Iran, the country began to gradually violate its atomic commitments. Iran threatened further provocations in a bid to increase its leverage and get Biden to prioritise a return to the deal as he moves to dismantle Trump’s legacy.
Biden has signed a series of executive actions that reverse course on a wide range of issues, including climate change and immigration.
Following the killing last December of an Iranian scientist credited with spearheading the country’s disbanded military nuclear programme, Iran’s parliament approved a law to block international nuclear inspectors later this month — a serious violation of the accord.
Iran also has begun enriching uranium closer to weapons-grade levels and said it would experiment with uranium metals, a key component of a nuclear warhead. The country has announced its moves and insisted that all breaches of the pact are easily reversible. Tehran says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.
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