Iran FM Zarif warns Biden to reverse Trump’s policies against Tehran
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has condemned President Joe Biden's administration for not reversing the anti-Iran policies of former president Donald Trump.
Despite Biden's pledge to return to the path of diplomacy, Iran is losing patience with his administration's recent signals to retain illegal sanctions on the Islamic Republic as a bargaining chip for now.
“The more they hesitate, the more the US will lose,” Zarif said in an interview with the Iranian daily Hamshahri published on Saturday.
Zarif said the delay will harm the Biden administration’s image and that it will show that they do not want to save themselves from Trump’s failed policy toward Iran.
“I don’t think that’s the image Mr. Biden wants to show of himself,” he added.
The continuation of the pre-existing conditions will show to the world that the new US administration has not distanced itself from its predecessor “and that’s dangerous for the US,” the foreign minister said.
He called on Biden to immediately fix the wreak of a foreign policy that Trump left behind as he left office on January 20.
Biden, who was vice president when the JCPOA was clinched in 2015, has promised to re-enter the JCPOA. Iran, on the other side, insists on the immediate removal of sanctions, without which, it says, the US return to the deal would be meaningless.
Back in May 2018, Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the JCPOA, and restored the Obama administration’s anti-Iran push for “crippling sanctions” – which came to an end with the signing of the accord – under the new label “the maximum pressure” policy.