Hours before Joseph Biden took office as President of the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shouted at him urging the United States to return to the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue and lift sanctions against Iran.
Rouhani said at a live-TV cabinet meeting on the 20th: “Now it’s the turn of the United States to play.
If the United States returns to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, Iran will also fully implement the commitments made under the framework of the agreement.
Iran reached an Iran nuclear agreement with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany in 2015, promising to restrict its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions by the United Nations, the United States and the European Union.
However, the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018, and then restarted and additional sanctions against Iraq, pursuing an “extreme pressure” policy on Iraq.
In response, Iran has gradually suspended the implementation of some provisions of the Iran nuclear agreement since May 2019, but the measures promised are reversible.
Rouhani shouted on the 20th: “Today, we look forward to the next four years of the new U.S. government…to work to remove the stains of the past four years – if they can.”
During his presidential election for president, Biden advocated the resumption of negotiations with the Iranian government with the Iranian nuclear agreement “starting point”.
Two members of Biden’s team said on the 19th that the new U.S. government is “not in a hurry” to return to the Iran nuclear agreement.
Anthony Blincoln, Biden’s nominee Secretary of State, said at the nomination hearing on the 19th that it was far from returning to the Iran nuclear agreement.
“They [Iraq side] said they would abide by their obligations and return to the Iran nuclear agreement, and we must assess whether they have indeed fulfilled their commitments.”
According to Blinkin, Biden’s ultimate goal is to include restrictions on Iran’s missile programs and regional activities in the Iran nuclear agreement.
Evril Haines, who was nominated by the U.S. National Intelligence Director, said at the nomination hearing earlier on the 19th: “[Biden] has made it clear that if Iran resumes its promise, he will instruct us to do the same.
Frankly speaking, I think it’s far from that time.” Yang Shuyi (Xinhua News Agency Special Feature)