Biden’s Administration Did Nothing to Make Up For Past Mistakes - Rouhani
By Staff, Agencies
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the former “criminal” US administration did great injustice to the people of Iran with its terrorist acts, and that the new leadership in the White House has so far failed to take any practical measure to make up for the past wrongdoings.
“The current US administration has repeatedly acknowledged the wrongdoings of the previous administration, but, two months on, we have not seen anything in practice [from Washington] to make up for these mistakes, and it has just been mere words,” Rouhani said in an address to the inauguration ceremony of national projects of the Energy Ministry on Tuesday.
Rouhani expressed hope that the new US administration would “return to the path of rationality and law and take steps in this regard.”
“Undoubtedly, if they return to compliance with their commitments, it will be not only in their own interests, but in the interests of the region, international organizations and commitments on the global scene,” Rouhani said.
Former US president Donald Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] which was signed between Iran and major world powers, in 2018 and imposed the “harshest ever” sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to take remedial actions based on Article 36 of the JCPOA, including reduction of its nuclear obligations.
The new US administration, under President Joe Biden, has been so far faithful to Trump’s pressure campaign, and pressed Tehran to walk back its remedial steps while it is keeping the illegal sanctions in place as leverage — a path already taken and proven futile.
But Tehran says the US, as the first party that reneged on its commitments, should take the first steps towards the deal’s revival and unconditionally remove all the sanctions imposed under Trump in a verifiable manner.