- Hassan Rouhani says ball in US courtroom now
- Iranian president says if Washington returns to nuclear deal then Iran will respect its dedication
- Incoming US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says US won’t take a fast resolution
DUBAI: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani appealed to US President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday to rejoin to the 2015 nuclear deal and take away the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Biden, who takes workplace on Wednesday, has stated the US will rejoin the pact that features restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work if Tehran resumes strict compliance.
“The ball is in the US court now. If Washington returns to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact,” Rouhani stated in a televised cupboard assembly.
“Today, we expect the incoming US administration to return to the rule of law and commit themselves, and if they can, in the next four years, to remove all the black spots of the previous four years,” he stated.
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Tensions have grown between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when US President Donald Trump exited the deal between Iran and 6 world powers that sought to restrict Tehran’s nuclear programme and stop it creating atomic weapons. Washington reimposed sanctions which have crippled Iran’s financial system.
Iran, which denies ever in search of nuclear arms, retaliated to Trump’s “maximum pressure” coverage by step by step breaching accord. Tehran has repeatedly stated it may rapidly reverse these violations if US sanctions are eliminated.
Antony Blinken, Biden’s selection for secretary of state, stated on Tuesday the US wouldn’t take a fast resolution on whether or not to rejoin the pact.
“US President Donald Trump’s political career is over today and his ‘maximum pressure’ policy on Iran has completely failed,” Rouhani stated. “Trump is dead but the nuclear deal is still alive.”