Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mentioned on Friday Tehran was in no rush for the US to rejoin a 2015 nuclear deal, however that sanctions on the Islamic Republic have to be lifted instantly.
“We’re not insisting nor in a rush for the U.S. to return to the deal,” Khamenei mentioned in dwell televised remarks.
“However what’s logical is our demand, is the lifting of the sanctions. These brutal sanctions have to be lifted instantly.”
Tensions have grown between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when U.S. President Donald Trump exited the deal between Iran and 6 world powers – which sought to restrict Tehran’s nuclear programme and stop it growing atomic weapons – and reimposed sanctions which have crippled Iran’s financial system.
In retaliation, Tehran began progressively violating the accord.
Doubtlessly complicating efforts by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the deal, Iran mentioned on Monday it had resumed 20% uranium enrichment at its Fordow underground nuclear facility.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog confirmed that Iran had began the method of enriching uranium to twenty% purity.
Tehran says it could actually rapidly reverse its breaches if U.S. sanctions are eliminated. Biden, who takes workplace on January 20, has mentioned the US will rejoin the deal “if Iran resumes strict compliance” with the pact.
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