Iranian president tells RT if new nuclear deal is possible — Analysis

President Raisi said that it was the US which violated the nuclear agreement.

Iran signed the Vienna agreements to restore 2015’s nuclear agreement “very seriously,”Exclusive interview with President Ebrahim Raisi by RT He added that the barrier to restoring the treaty remains Washington’s refusal to abide by its terms.

“What we have seen so far is a violation of obligations on the part of the Americans,” Raisi told RT’s Murad Gazdiev in the interview that aired Thursday. America has “officially violated the treaty,” Raisi said, referring to the Trump administration’s decision to officially exit from the agreement, negotiated by its predecessor.

In 2015, the Obama administration negotiated the nuclear agreement (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). Tehran agreed to strict oversight of its nuclear energy program – maintaining that it never sought to obtain atomic weapons – in exchange for relief from sanctions imposed by the UN at US urging. In 2018, the Trump administration unilaterally lifted those sanctions.

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Raisi noted that the European parties to the treaty – France, Germany and the UK – have “also failed to fulfill their obligations”Under the JCPOA, through “the lack of new appropriate measures”We must deal with US violations.  

“The International Atomic Energy Agency stated 15 times that Iran had fulfilled its obligations, that Iran was committed to its obligations,”Raisi shared his thoughts with RT. “So, we have fulfilled our obligations, but they have violated theirs. They are responsible for fulfilling their obligations. We didn’t break anything.”

Joe Biden (US President) stated, upon his assumption of office on January 20, 2021 that he was open for Iran to return to the JCPOA. Tehran replied that Washington must first comply with sanctions. 

“If the parties are ready to lift sanctions, the ground for reaching an agreement on nuclear issues is absolutely ready,” said Raisi, who became president in August 2021, after previously serving as Iran’s chief justice and attorney general.

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