Shortly before his trip to the United Nations in New York, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi demanded “guarantees” from the United States that he would not renegotiate a potential Iranian nuclear deal.
In favor of a “good deal” and a “fair deal,” Mr. Raissi said in an interview with American television. This Agreement shall “last”.
“It has to last. You need guarantees,” he said, adding that he distrusted the Americans because of their behavior in the past.
Former US President Barack Obama brokered a deal with Tehran under which Iran agreed to drastically reduce its nuclear capacity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
But three years later, his successor in the White House, Donald Trump, denounced the deal and reimposed sanctions against Iran.
Current President Joe Biden has shown himself in favor of renegotiating the deal, but Iran’s insistence on seeking guarantees from the US administration has blocked discussions.
The US explains that it cannot provide such assurances as it wants to know what the next US presidents can decide on the matter.
For the Iranian president, Donald Trump’s condemnation of the deal proves that US promises “have no meaning”.
Mr. Raisi ruled out any meeting with his US counterpart, who expressed no interest in meeting him on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
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