Iran’s newly elected president announced that his government will take a tougher stance in 2015. In the negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear deal with the world powers, after its victory in the elections, full control of tough political forces over all weapons of the state.
Conservative judiciary leader Ibrahim Rice told reporters that his government would “not negotiate for the sake of negotiations” and ruled out any meeting with US President Biden.
“Our foreign policy does not start with the JCPOA [the nuclear deal] “It does not end with the JCPOA,” Rice told reporters at her first press conference since her crushing victory on Friday. “We will support any negotiations that are in line with our national interests. But we will not link the economic situation, people’s livelihoods with these negotiations. “We will not allow the talks to be delayed.”
However, he suggested that his government, which takes office in August, remain committed to the deadlock. Analysts say the easing of sanctions could be important for Raisi’s hopes of easing economic pressure on Iranians.
His victory was marked by the lowest turnout since the 1979 revolution, as more than half of the electorate remained at home.
Biden has said he will rejoin the deal that the Trump administration unilaterally rejected in 2018 if Iran backs off the deal after sharply expanding its nuclear program over the past two years. The Islamic regime insisted that all US sanctions should be lifted and lifted before it could return to its obligations.
“The United States violated the JCPOA,” Rice said. “I urge the United States. You are committed to lifting sanctions, չեք you did not. Go back to it և fulfill your commitments. ”
The outgoing government of President Hassan Rouhani, the architect of the agreement, has been negotiating for months with the other signatories to the deal – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – to pave the way for the lifting of US return sanctions. The United States has been an observer in the talks, but is not directly involved.
To the question whether his government will be ready to hold direct talks with the Biden administration, Rice did not give a clear answer, saying instead. “My serious offer to the United States. “It is a matter of honesty to lift the sanctions.”
Iran’s economy has plunged into a deep recession after Trump pulled out of a deal that imposed waves of sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Sanctions distorted the state’s ability to export oil, the main source of hard currency, and pushed up inflation by 46 percent as the rial fell. The retreat has been exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.
Rice, widely seen as a supporter of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, insists that Iran’s support for militant groups throughout the region and its missile program are “not negotiable.”
The Biden administration is under pressure from the United States, Israel, its Arab counterparts, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to extend any agreement with Iran to include those issues. They say Tehran is destabilizing the region and threatening their security. Iran counters that its support to the militants’s missile arsenal is severely hampered. Any decision on key foreign policy issues is decided by Khamenei.
Rice, who was the subject of sanctions by the Trump administration in 2019, also denied allegations that he controlled the abuse of the judiciary, saying his post proved he was a “human rights defender.”
Allegations of the current president’s human rights record threaten to further complicate Iran’s relations with the West. “As a lawyer, I have always defended human rights,” he said. “Human rights are important for my responsibilities.”