Today, Wednesday, the United States announced the imposition of new broad sanctions on Iran targeting dozens of personalities and entities associated with Tehran, after a short flurry of flattery by President Hassan Rouhani and his foreign minister on Biden’s next stage.
The US Treasury said, in a statement, that the sanctions include the “Mostazafan Foundation for the Islamic Revolution,” run by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the country’s Minister of Security and Intelligence, Mahmoud Alawi.
The US Treasury Department has included in its sanctions list dozens of individuals and other entities, including those linked to the mineral, oil, and transportation sectors in Iran.
Commenting on these measures, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo considered that the campaign of maximum pressure pursued by his country against Iran is succeeding, saying: “The United States should not be a victim of nuclear blackmail by Iran and give up our sanctions.”
Pompeo stressed that the United States will implement more sanctions against Iran in the coming weeks and months.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country’s relations with the United States of America will take the course of opportunities rather than the climate of a threat after the new US president Joe Biden assumed his duties in running the country.
Rouhani made clear in a speech after presiding over a cabinet meeting, on Wednesday, that the United States would once again abide by international law with Biden coming to power.
He added that his optimism about the change in US policies during the Biden era does not mean that Tehran will enter negotiations with Washington.
He continued, “There are some parties inside Iran that seek to polish the image of the United States of America, do not do this, as the last American government was a terrorist.”
And he added, “We must not seek to purify and acquit the terrorist and criminal American government, as acquitting America from its criminal activities is a free service offered by some to attack the Iranian government and spread despair among the people. It is the biggest national betrayal.”
On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his country’s readiness for an “automatic” return to its obligations under the nuclear deal in case the United States lifted the sanctions it imposed after its unilateral withdrawal from it two years ago, showing at the same time that Washington’s return to the agreement is not a “priority.”
The outgoing US President Donald Trump adopted a policy of “maximum pressure” against Iran, and in 2018 unilaterally withdrew from the agreement between it and the major powers, and reimposed harsh economic sanctions on Tehran.
However, US President-elect Joe Biden hinted at the possibility of returning Washington to the nuclear deal, but on the condition that Tehran returns to fulfill its obligations.
Almost a year after the US withdrawal, Iran gradually backtracked on many of the basic obligations in the agreement that was affirmed in the framework of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
In an interview with the state-run Iran newspaper published today, Zarif said, “There is something that can be done automatically and does not require any conditions or negotiation. The United States is implementing its obligations under Resolution 2231, and we are implementing our obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” which is the official name of the agreement. Nuclear.
“This matter does not need any negotiations or conditions. It can be done,” he added.
The agreement concluded in 2015 in Vienna between Iran on the one hand, and the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia, and Germany allowed for the lifting of many economic sanctions that were imposed on the Islamic Republic.
This came for Tehran reducing the level of its nuclear activities and ensuring that the major powers did not include any military objectives in the program, given that Iran has repeatedly stressed that it does not seek to possess a nuclear weapon.
Ahead of the US elections that took place on November 3, Joe Biden announced he would return to the nuclear agreement signed with Iran if he wins the elections.