Iranian Foreign Minister urges the US to lift sanctions first before returning to the Iran nuclear agreement

UMMATIMESOn Sunday, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, said the United States must lift sanctions first before talking about returning to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

"The US will not be able to rejoin the nuclear pact before lifting sanctions .... After everyone has fulfilled their obligations, there will be talks," "Biden claims that Trump's maximum pressure policy is a maximum failure ... but they are not changing that policy. against Iran). The United States is addicted to pressure, sanctions, and repression ... It doesn't work with Iran. " said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

America is ready to talk to Iran about returning to the agreement, which aims to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons while lifting most international sanctions. Said the Government of President Joe Biden, last week.

Iran and the United States are still at odds over who should take the first steps to revive the agreement. Iran insists the United States must lift US sanctions first, while the US says Iran must return to its commitments in the agreement.

Iran has been hard hit by the sanctions, as well as the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Not only from foreign pressure. The Iran nuclear deal is also under threat from Iran's hardline-dominated parliament, which passed the law last year.

The law requires the government to end implementation of the Additional Protocol from 23 February, if sanctions are not lifted.

Under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal known as the JCPOA, Iran implements the Additional Protocol, which gives nuclear monitors the power to carry out unannounced inspections at undisclosed locations.

"As in any democracy, we must implement laws passed by parliament ... The move (to end implementation of the Additional Protocol) does not abandon the agreement," "Once they return to full compliance, we will return to full compliance." said Zarif.

The United States and European sides to the deal have warned Iran against blocking the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) swift inspection.

"We will talk with Mr Grossi about respecting the laws of our country ... but at the same time not creating a deadlock for him to continue to carry out his obligation to demonstrate that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful," Zarif said, reaffirming the claim that Iran's nuclear program is only for that purpose. peace.

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency who is in Tehran to discuss the agency's "important verification activities", on Sunday met with Iran's atomic chief, state media reported.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, said on Saturday that the agency's concerns over Iran ending the implementation of the Additional Protocol will be discussed during his meeting with Grossi.