Iranian supreme chief doubles down on his place earlier than future nuclear talks with Western powers.
Tehran, Iran – Shortly earlier than Iran and the USA, together with different world powers, are anticipated to go again to Vienna for nuclear talks, Supreme Chief Ali Hosseini Khamenei stated “predatory wolf” President Joe Biden is not any completely different from his predecessor.
Khamenei blasted the “shameless” behaviour of the US on Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal on Saturday, saying it behaved as if Iran left the accord, whereas the Individuals in 2018 unilaterally withdrew from it, imposing harsh sanctions.
He additionally slammed the European signatories to the deal, saying, “they’re just like the US as effectively, however in phrases and rhetoric they’re all the time demanding, as if it was Iran that for lengthy ridiculed and undermined negotiations”.
The supreme chief’s remarks got here throughout his first go to with President Ebrahim Raisi’s cupboard, which gained a sweeping vote of confidence by the nation’s hardline parliament on Wednesday.
On Friday, Iran’s new international minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, had his first telephone name with the European Union’s international coverage chief Josep Borrell, throughout which Borrell referred to as on Iran to decide to a date to return again to Vienna for talks on restoring the nuclear deal.
Whereas Iran has stated it should in some unspecified time in the future come again to proceed six rounds of talks that ended on July 20, a particular date has but to be decided.
Whereas the Biden administration has stated it needs to return to the nuclear deal, the US president remains to be implementing Trump’s “most stress” marketing campaign as he has refused to carry any sanctions earlier than an settlement is reached in Vienna.
Iranian and American officers have to this point clashed on how and what sanctions have to be lifted, and the way Iran must reduce its nuclear programme once more. Iran is at present enriching uranium to 60 p.c, its larger ever charge.
Khamenei’s remarks on Saturday seemed to be a double down on Iran’s place earlier than the 2 international locations, along with European powers and Russia and China, head again to Vienna.
The supreme chief particularly directed Raisi’s cupboard to plan for managing the nation’s ailing financial system with the belief that US sanctions will stay in place.
“Diplomacy should not be influenced and linked with the nuclear concern as a result of the nuclear concern is a separate concern that have to be resolved in a way appropriate and deserving of the nation,” he additionally stated.
As a substitute, Khamenei stated Raisi and his crew should give attention to boosting “financial diplomacy”.
The appointment of Amirabdollahian, a veteran diplomat with a give attention to regional affairs, is indicative of that orientation. The international minister, who’s now in Baghdad to take part in a big regional summit orchestrated by Iraq, has stated he goals to craft an “Asia-centric” international coverage agenda.
The supreme chief on Saturday stated the very best instance that the US is a wolf and “at occasions acts as a crafty fox” is the present state of affairs in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Khamenei expressed his sorrow on the suicide bombing outdoors the Kabul airport on Thursday, which killed dozens of Afghans and 13 US personnel, saying “these issues and difficulties are the work of Individuals that for 20 years occupied the nation and imposed quite a lot of cruelties on its folks”.
“The US didn’t take a single step for the development of Afghanistan. If right now’s Afghanistan just isn’t behind when it comes to social and civil developments in comparison with 20 years in the past, it isn’t forward.”
Because the Taliban has taken management of virtually all of Afghanistan, Khamenei stated Iran helps the folks of the nation as a result of, as earlier than, governments come and go however the folks stay.