Iran's foreign minister on Thursday urged US President-elect Joe Biden to abandon Washington's "rogue" behavior and lift tough sanctions on his country, rejecting talk of renegotiating the 2015 nuclear deal.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said when President Donald Trump left the landmark agreement, the United States had breached a UN Security Council resolution endorsing it.
"The US has been in grave breach of that resolution because the Trump administration has been a rogue regime," Zarif said in an online interview held as part of the Mediterranean Dialogues event, hosted by Italy, AFP wrote.
“It (the United States) has obligations, responsibilities as a UN member, as a Security Council member. And there’s a Security Council Resolution 2231, which the US must observe,” Zarif noted according to Press TV.
"Now if President-elect Biden wants to continue to be a rogue regime, then he can continue to be asking for negotiations to implement its commitments," he added.
"The United States must stop, the United States must cease its violations of international law. It doesn't require any negotiations."
Trump unilaterally withdrew from the multilateral nuclear agreement in 2018 and reimposed and then toughened sanctions that have hammered Iran's economy.
Biden has signaled he will return the US to the deal, which offered Tehran relief from international sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
Speaking to CNN on Thursday, Biden slammed Trump's dealings with Iran, including his 2018 decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
He said issues between the US and Iran “are going to be very difficult” to be resolved and that Washington “cannot do this alone”.
“That's why we have to be part of a larger group, dealing not only with Iran, but with Russia, with China and a whole range of other issues," he said.
Biden expressed similar sentiments earlier this week in an interview with The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.
He stood by his view that his administration would lift sanctions if Tehran returned to "strict compliance with the nuclear deal".
Biden told The New York Times this week that if Iran returned to compliance, the US would rejoin, after which he would seek to tighten Iran's nuclear constraints and deal with its missile program.
But Zarif said, "We will not renegotiate a deal which we negotiated."
The foreign minister also addressed the West’s insistence on talks about Iran’s missile program and regional influence. He said these issues were intentionally kept out of the talks leading to the conclusion of the nuclear deal because “the other sides were not prepared to end their malign behavior in our region.”
And he added that Western powers should look to their own behavior before criticizing Iran.
"Last year the West sold to the Persian Gulf more weapons than it sold to any other part of the world. Over $100 billion worth of weapons were sold to this region. Is the West ready to stop this malign behavior?" Zarif said.
He also complained at what he characterized as a lack of European outrage at the assassination of one of Iran's top nuclear scientists, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran last week – an attack that Tehran has blamed on Israel.
"When they (the West) are ready to deal with those problems of their own malign behavior in the region... then they can start talking about other things," he said.
"As long as they're not able to put up, they have to shut up."