Biden denies request by Iran’s supreme leader, says he will not lift sanctions

US President Joe Biden said on Sunday (7) that he will not lift sanctions on Iran until the country complies with the resumption of cutting its nuclear output, as stipulated in the 2015 agreement. .

In an interview with CBS, Biden said “no” when asked about the possibility of lifting sanctions imposed on Tehran in an attempt to coerce the country into negotiating and saving the nuclear deal. He nodded when the reporter asked if the Iranians should stop enriching uranium first.

Earlier Sunday (7), Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei went so far as to declare that the United States government should first completely suspend sanctions against his country before Iran resumes its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement.

“If they want Iran to return to its commitments … the United States must suspend the sanctions completely, and not just rhetorically or on paper,” Khamenei said in a speech to the military commanders. the air.

The nuclear deal was signed in 2015, when the United States was ruled by Democratic President Barack Obama, with Joe Biden as MP. Iran has agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions.

In 2018, however, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the pact and unilaterally resumed U.S. sanctions. The other countries that followed the agreement maintained their position.

These economic bottlenecks prevent foreign companies from doing business with Iran, at the risk of being prevented from buying or selling products with the United States.

After Trump’s decision, Iran gradually increased its nuclear production. In January, he abandoned the deal completely and said he would enrich uranium again without complying with the restrictions.

The deal has also involved the UK, France, Germany, China and Russia, who have sought to take it back in recent years. In turn, other American allies, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, hailed the end of the colony, as they suspected Iran of not respecting the deal.

The Biden government has expressed its willingness to bring the United States back into the deal but insists that, first of all, Tehran must fully meet its commitments made at the time.

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