Hassan Rouhani Calls on President-Elect Biden to Return to Iran Nuclear Deal

Hassan Rouhani Calls on President-Elect Biden to Return to Iran Nuclear Deal

Associated Press

On Tuesday, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiee said that Iran had received no communications from US President-elect Joe Biden pertaining to his country’s potential return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on US President-elect Joe Biden to return to the JCPOA abandoned by Donald Trump.

A “tyrant’s era has come to an end and today is the final day of his ominous reign. Someone for whom all of his four years bore no fruit other than injustice and corruption and causing problems for his own people and the world”, Rouhani said.

Speaking further, the Iranian president vowed to implement the obligations under the deal if Washington returns to compliance as well.

“The ball is in the US court now. If Washington returns to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact”, Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.

Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, told a Senate panel that the US would reciprocate in kind to Iran’s resumed compliance with the nuclear deal and would later seek a broader agreement that would also cover the missile programme.

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, stipulating the removal of international sanctions from Tehran in exchange for it scaling down its nuclear programme.

After the United States withdrew and reinstated sanctions on Iran, the Iranian government began gradually abandoning its own commitments under the deal, specifically with regard to uranium enrichment levels and provision of access to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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