Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that experience has shown that “trusting the West does not work” as the Islamic republic prepares for a seizure of power. new administration.
Khamenei also lambasted the United States, which is indirectly involved in Iran’s talks with world powers to revive a nuclear deal, for tying its return to the deal to “future” negotiations over Iran’s missile program and regional issues.
The 2015 agreement, signed by outgoing moderate President Hassan Rouhani, granted Iran some relief from international sanctions in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.
But it was torpedoed in 2018 by then-US President Donald Trump, who unilaterally withdrew from the deal and imposed punitive sanctions.
“Future generations should use this experience,” Khamenei told Rouhani and members of his cabinet. “It was made clear during this government that trusting the West does not work. “
Rouhani’s government has been in talks with the big powers in Vienna since April to bring Washington back to the deal, but a deal now looks unlikely until it hands over to President-elect Ebrahim Raisi early next month.
Raisi is an ultra-conservative but has expressed support for the nuclear talks, arguing that Iran needs the end of US sanctions.
The ultra-conservative Iranian camp, which deeply distrusts the United States, has repeatedly criticized Rouhani over the 2015 deal.
Raisi said his government would support talks that “guarantee national interests” but will not allow negotiations for the sake of negotiation.
– “Future” talks –
Khamenei said Washington had conditioned its return to the 2015 accord on the inclusion “of a sentence … which (says) that certain issues will be addressed in the future, or we will not agree.”
“With this phrase, they want to have an excuse for their next interference in (the agreement) itself – missiles and regional issues,” he said on his official website.
One of the main criticisms of the 2015 deal raised by Trump was its failure to address Iran’s ballistic missile program or its alleged interference in regional affairs.
But Tehran has always refused to include non-nuclear issues in the deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Khamenei also criticized the United States for refusing to “guarantee that it will not violate the deal in the future” by unilaterally pulling out, as Trump did in 2018.
“Whenever you postponed problems with agreements with the West or negotiations with the West and America, etc., you were stuck and could not progress,” he told the Rouhani government.
“Because they don’t help. They are the enemy after all. “
Trump’s successor Joe Biden has signaled he is ready to return to the nuclear deal and has engaged in indirect negotiations with Iran alongside formal talks with the other parties to the deal, the Great Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.
Iranian chief negotiator Abbas Araghchi said this month that talks must “await our new administration” because Tehran is “in a period of transition”.
A sixth round of talks concluded on June 20 and the dates for the next round have yet to be set.
Rouhani, in office since 2013 and preparing to leave after the maximum of two consecutive terms, had repeatedly promised to obtain sanctions relief before the end of his term.
But earlier in July, he expressed hope his successor could strike a deal to lift the sanctions, insisting that on his administration’s side, “the job was ready” to be done.
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