January 20 Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif said on the 20th that the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue is a “solid” agreement approved by the United Nations Security Council, which does not involve Iran’s missile program and its regional activities, and Iran will not renegotiate it.
According to the Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency, after the cabinet meeting held on the same day, a reporter asked questions and said that the new U.S. government sought to add content restricting Iran’s missile program and its regional activities to the Iran nuclear agreement.
Zarif responded that these two issues were not included in the Iran nuclear agreement at that time, “that’s why Iran (at that time) accepted to maintain the arms embargo for five years and the limit on missiles (technology transfer) for eight years”.
Zarif said that if the United States wants to talk about weapons and equipment, it should first stop selling large quantities of weapons to regional countries.
According to reports, Anthony Blinkin, the nominee for U.S. Secretary of State, said on the 19th that the ultimate goal of the new U.S. government is to include restrictions on Iran’s missile program and its regional activities in the agreement.
Previously, the European countries concerned with the Iran nuclear agreement have expressed the same will.
In July 2015, Iran reached a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany.
According to the agreement, Iran promised to limit its nuclear program and the international community lifted sanctions against Iran.
After the implementation of the agreement, the current arms embargo against Iran will last for up to five years, and the ban on the transfer of ballistic missile technology to Iraq will be lifted after eight years at the latest.
However, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018, and then restarted and added a series of sanctions against Iran.
In response, Iran has gradually suspended the implementation of some of the terms of the agreement since May 2019, but promised to take measures that are “reversible”.