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  • Iranian Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks about US sanctions in current interview
  • Says US will be unable to rejoin the nuclear pact earlier than it lifts sanctions
  • Former President Donald Trump deserted the deal in 2018

DUBAI: Tehran stated on Sunday the USA should first elevate sanctions on Iran if it needs to speak about salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal, reiterating its stance that it’s going to not make the primary transfer to revive the pact with main powers.

President Joe Biden’s administration stated final week it was prepared to speak to Iran about each nations returning to the accord, which aimed to forestall Tehran from buying nuclear weapons whereas lifting most worldwide sanctions.

Former President Donald Trump deserted the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, which in flip regularly started breaching phrases of the settlement.

However Iran and the USA have been at odds over who ought to take step one to revive the accord. Iran insists the USA should first rescind US sanctions whereas Washington says Tehran should first return to compliance.

Learn extra: Iran will reverse nuclear actions as soon as US lifts sanctions, reiterates Javad Zarif

“The U.S. will not be able to rejoin the nuclear pact before it lifts sanctions … Once everybody implements their side of obligations, there will be talks,” Iranian Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif informed Iran’s English language Press TV.

“Biden claims that Trump’s maximum pressure policy was maximum failure…but they have not changed that policy (towards Iran). The United States is addicted to pressure, sanctions and bullying…It does not work with Iran.”

Iran has been exhausting hit by the sanctions, in addition to by the financial results of the coronavirus pandemic.

Additional complicating efforts to revive the deal, Iran’s hardline-dominated parliament handed a legislation final 12 months that obliges the federal government to finish implementation of the Further Protocol from Feb. 23, if sanctions will not be lifted.

Underneath the deal, Iran is making use of the Further Protocol, which grants the Worldwide Atomic Power Company (IAEA) the ability to hold out short-notice inspections at places not declared to it.

“This is not a deadline for the world. This is not an ultimatum … Like in any democracy, we have to implement the law passed by the parliament…The move (to end snap inspections) is not abandoning the deal,” Zarif stated.

“The minute they come back to full compliance, we will come back to full compliance.”

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The US and European events to the deal have warned Iran towards obstructing the IAEA’s snap inspections.

Rafael Grossi, the IAEA director-general who’s in Tehran to debate the company’s “essential verification activities”, met on Sunday with Iran´s nuclear vitality chief, state media reported.

Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, Kazem Gharibabadi, tweeted that Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Power Organisation, and Grossi held “fruitful talks based on mutual respect”.

Zarif stated: “We will talk to Mr. Grossi about respecting the laws of our country…but at the same time not creating an impasse for him to continue to carry out the obligations to show Iran’s nuclear programme is peaceful.”

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