Zarif Slams Biden’s Sticking to Trump’s Maximum Pressure
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed US President Joe Biden for pursuing the maximum pressure policy of his predecessor Donald Trump, and said Iran has already defeated Washington's pressures.
Zarif made it clear in his Twitter message that while the Biden administration has remained committed to the path of Trump’s maximum pressure in dealing with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran has passed through the test with honor.
He emphasized that Iran’s seriousness in pursuing diplomacy has been proved after Trump’s illegal exit from the JCPOA.
Iran’s “seriousness of purpose” in pursuing diplomacy was tested in the three years since Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord. Iran—by remaining in the deal—passed with flying colors.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 15, 2021
The Biden administration, however, has only shown a commitment to Trump’s maximum pressure.
The US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew participation in the agreement and reimposed sanctions against Iran, which the accord had lifted.
The Trump administration subsequently launched what it touted as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, hoping to force the Islamic Republic to accept large-scale limits on its nuclear program and missile work, among other things.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has verbally renounced that policy and admitted to its failure, while expressing a willingness to return to the Iran deal. However, it has so far stopped short of taking any concrete steps to that end and retained the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that the ongoing talks between Iran and the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) should not take long.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that he has directed Iranian diplomats to proceed with the negotiations, but cautioned them the talks should not drag on.
“The talks shouldn’t become talks of attrition,” the Leader said. “They shouldn’t be in a way that parties drag on and prolong the talks. This is harmful to the country.”
“The fact that the Americans talk about engaging in direct and indirect negotiations (with Iran) is not because they want to negotiate to accept the truth, rather they want to negotiate to impose their wrongful argument” on Iran, the Leader noted.
An Iranian delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi is in Vienna, Austria, for another round of talks with the G4+1 aimed at finding a way for the US to rejoin the nuclear agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the Islamic Republic’s position on the issue, that the US -- as the party that has repeatedly reneged on its obligations in the past-- should first remove the sanctions, is privately shared by some Europeans involved in the talks.
“However, when it comes to decision-making, they bow to the Americans and do not act independently,” the Leader said.
“Most of the proposals by the Americans are arrogant and contemptuous. They are not worth looking at,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.