News ID: 276824
Published: 0300 GMT November 15, 2020

Iranian Speaker: Biden’s administration must rejoin JCPOA unconditionally

Iranian Speaker: Biden’s administration must rejoin JCPOA unconditionally

Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf urged the new US administration to resume respecting the 2015 nuclear deal without any preconditions and make up for the harm its predecessor has done to the people of Iran.

Addressing a parliamentary session on Sunday, Qalibaf said practical measures, not “futile rhetoric and claims”, would prove US president-elect Joe Biden’s sincerity as he has pledged to adopt an approach different from the incumbent US president, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Biden’s planned policies have already been carried out, the speaker said, adding that if Biden is really committed to an agreement that he has already signed with Iran as the vice-president of the previous US administration, he must now fulfill the commitments of the deal unconditionally and make up for the damages to the Iranian people caused by the US sanctions reimposed on Iran following Washington’s withdrawal from the agreement.

While the outgoing US President Donald Trump has sought to isolate Iran globally, Biden has proposed to offer Iran a "credible path back to diplomacy".

On Tuesday, Biden told France's President Emmanuel Macron that he would like the US to once again work with its European ally on Iran nuclear policy, according to Newsweek.

Also in an article published on CNN’s website in September, Biden said if elected he will return the US to the Iran nuclear deal as a starting point for follow-on negotiations.

“I will offer Tehran a credible path back to diplomacy. If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations. With our allies, we will work to strengthen and extend the nuclear deal's provisions, while also addressing other issues of concern,” he wrote.

“I will also take steps to make sure US sanctions do not hinder Iran's fight against COVID-19. And on day one, I will repeal Trump's disgraceful travel ban targeting a number of Muslim-majority countries, among others,” he added.

Iran has been under a series of illegal sanctions imposed by Washington since 2018 when Trump withdrew his country from the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US unleashed the so-called “maximum pressure” campaign and targeted the Iranian nation with the “toughest ever” restrictive measures.

In recent months, Washington has been tightening its oppressive sanctions against the Islamic Republic, defying warnings from Tehran and international human rights organizations that the restrictions are severely hampering the Iranian health sector's fight against the coronavirus outbreak.




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