Iran sees no difference between Biden and Trump — Analysis
Ebrahim Rashi, Iranian President does not think that face-to-face conversations with Biden in New York at the United Nations General Assembly would benefit his country. He believes it could help to revive the historic 2015 nuclear deal.
“I don’t think that such a meeting would happen… I don’t believe having a meeting or a talk with him would be beneficial,” Raisi toldCBS reporter Lesley Stahl speaks in a 60 Minutes interview that will air Sunday. Trump and Raisi will address UNGA next week. However, a meeting between them was not officially scheduled.
Asked whether he could see any differences between the Biden administration and his predecessor Donald Trump’s, Raisi noted that from Tehran’s perspective there were none, particularly in regard to the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“The new administration in the US, they claim that they are different from the Trump’s administration… But we haven’t witnessed any changes in reality,”The Iranian leader stated.
The initial nuclear deal signed in 2015 by Iran, the US, UK, France, and Germany – as well as Russia, China, and the EU – saw Tehran agree to certain restrictions on its nuclear industry in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions and other incentives.
The accord was torpedoed in 2018 by Donald Trump’s US, which unilaterally pulled out of it. He claimed it was flawed and reimposed sanctions against Tehran. Iran began to reduce some of the commitments it had made under the agreement.
Biden failed to make progress on this issue despite campaign promises.
In spite of efforts to revive the deal, last month’s draft leaked. The document showed a four stage process. This includes an immediate lifting sanctions on numerous Iranian banks as well as other financial entities. Iran also promised to immediately reduce its nuclear activities.
Antony Blinken (US Secretary of State) accused Iran of taking earlier in the week. “a step backward”In talks to make a short-term agreement “unlikely.”Top US diplomat was speaking of the “final”The text of the deal, proposed by EU on August 8, contains the following: Iran and the US have exchanged numerous responses to the issue since then.
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