Iran’s Raisi says US ‘dragging feet’ over nuclear deal – World

TEHRAN: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Tuesday accused the United States of “dragging their toes” as a substitute of creating a choice to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

The 2015 settlement with main powers, recognized formally because the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), gave Iran sanctions aid in return for proscribing its nuclear programme.

It has been on life assist since then-president Donald Trump withdrew the United States from it in 2018, however on-off talks have been held since April 2021 in an effort to revive it.

“Today, it’s the Americans who need to decide, however they’re delaying and dragging their toes”, Raisi advised reporters in Tehran.

Raisi’s feedback observe weeks of demonstrations in Iran sparked by the dying of the 22-yr-outdated Mahsa Amini on September 16, after her arrest for allegedly violating the nation’s strict costume code for girls.

The United States and different Western events to the deal have imposed recent sanctions on Iran over its response to the Amini protests.

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“The Islamic republic needs to acquire the lifting of the sanctions however on the identical time it additionally has the neutralisation of the sanctions on its agenda”, Raisi mentioned, with out elaborating.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian accused the United States of “seeking to exert political and psychological stress on Iran to acquire concessions within the negotiations”.

Washington mentioned earlier this month {that a} return to the deal was unlikely within the close to future.

“It’s not that we don’t wish to see the JCPOA reimplemented, we in fact do. We’re simply not ready the place… that’s a probable final result anytime within the close to future,” White House spokesman John Kirby advised reporters on October 13.

Washington is presently “targeted” on authorities in Iran being “accountable for what they’re doing” to the protesters, Kirby added.

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