Raisi mentioned he wouldn’t meet with Biden, even when each side agreed on phrases to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, beneath which Iran agreed to cease uranium enrichment in return for the lifting of crippling US sanctions.
Responding to a query from Source at Monday’s information convention in Tehran, the President-elect accused the US and European Union of violating the deal, and known as on Biden to carry all sanctions earlier than including that the nation’s ballistic missile program was “not up for negotiation.”
“My serious proposal to the United States government is for them to return [to the agreement] in an expedited manner .. in doing so they will prove their sincerity,” Raisi mentioned. “The people of Iran do not have good memories of the JCPOA,” Raisi added, referring to the formal title of the nuclear deal.
“The Americans trampled on the JCPOA and the Europeans failed to live up to their commitment. I reiterate to the US that you were committed to lifting the sanctions — come back and live up to your commitments,” he mentioned in his opening assertion.
The new Iranian chief mentioned that the utmost stress sanctions marketing campaign on the nation, first instituted by the Trump administration, “was not successful.”
“Up until today, maximum pressure was not successful on our people, they [the US] must change their minds, and come back to reason. Our people have shown they can withstand the pressure,” he mentioned.
Raisi welcomed diplomacy and dialogue, however mentioned that Iran’s overseas coverage wouldn’t be restricted to the 2015 nuclear deal.
Raisi additionally mentioned he hoped his tenure would see a restoration of ties with Iran’s regional foe, Saudi Arabia. The President-elect added that he would place “no barriers” on efforts to reopen embassies in each international locations.
In May, Iran’s overseas ministry confirmed that direct talks had begun between high Saudi and Iranian officers, after a five-year diplomatic freeze and a long time of strained relations.
Riyadh and Tehran severed ties in 2016 after Saudi Arabia executed a high Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr. Hours later, Iranian mobs stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran and set it ablaze.