TEHRAN (Iran News) – Foreign Ministry Spokesman says the United States must remove all sanctions against the Islamic Republic and provide firm assurances that it sincerely intends to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a weekly press conference on Monday that Washington needs to guarantee that no future U.S. president would be able to “make a mockery of the world and international law” again by repeating the U.S. withdrawal from the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“The path for a U.S. return to the JCPOA is quite clear,” he said. Washington, as “the culprit responsible for the status quo, needs to accept to come back from the path it has taken.”
The diplomat explained that the U.S. then needs to remove all the cruel and illegal sanctions it has slapped against Tehran following its unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal in May 2018 “in one go and in an effective way.”
Khatibzadeh underscored that Washington is no longer a party to the JCPOA, and therefore cannot urge the remaining parties to do things in that regard.
The U.S., first and foremost, would better “prove its brotherhood,” he said, dismissing Washington’s cynical stance on Iran’s willingness to fully honor the deal.
According to Khatibzadeh, President Joe Biden’s administration has done in practice the opposite of what it has promised to do in words.
The spokesman also referred to IAEA Director General’s latest remarks and advised him not to be entrapped by the non-technical behavior of some countries.
Khatibzadeh, reacting to the recent remarks of Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency said: “I call on them to the clear skies of the Agency’s statutes and safeguards laws and advise them not to be entrapped by the non-technical behavior of some countries. It is also easier for them to fly in the clear sky with the applicable rules.”
Referring to Iran-Turkey relations Khatibzadeh said: “Relations between the two countries are expanding in terms of economy, politics, security, and in recent years we have had close relations in economic dimensions.”
Regarding the relations between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, Khatibzadeh highlighted: “Over the past three decades, we have always opposed the occupation of Azerbaijan and supported its territorial integrity and sovereignty. Last year, after the part of the occupied territories was liberated, we congratulated the Azerbaijani people and government, and we welcome this anniversary. The will of the leaders of the two countries is to expand relations, and there are regular talks between the foreign ministers and other officials, and we hope to see the development of relations as much as possible and not to repeat misunderstandings in the field of media.”