Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said, on Sunday, that Tehran will not back down from its nuclear steps until after the United States of America first lifts sanctions.
Khamenei said in televised statements to the leaders of the Air Force: ” Iran has fulfilled all its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, not the United States and the three European countries … If they want Iran to return to its obligations, the United States must lift all sanctions first. ”
The televised statements are the first by Khamenei since The inauguration of US President Joe Biden, who said he wanted to rejoin the agreement.
Khamenei said: “If they want Iran to return to its obligations, the United States must lift practically all sanctions, then we will verify. That, and we will see if the sanctions were properly lifted, and then we will return to our commitments. ”
A US government official confirmed, in statements to CNN, that there is growing concern within the US President’s administration. Joe Biden, that Iran’s enrichment activities may prevent the achievement of a new nuclear agreement.
The official said that the Biden administration is trying at the moment. Reaching an internal agreement on how the United States will deal with the Iranian nuclear file.
He indicated that the administration has already “drawn the first lines in the battle against Iran” without mentioning them.
Coincidentally, At a time when all eyes are on the new US administration that is preparing to return to the agreement on the condition that Tehran halts all its violations of the treaty in advance, Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif urged Washington to work quickly to return, noting that a law approved by the Iranian parliament obliges the government to tighten its nuclear stance if it does not Washington’s sanctions will be eased by February 21.
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