Imam Khamenei: US President Joe Biden’s policies similar to Trump
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Imam Khamenei, says the administration of US President Joe Biden is not different from the government of former president Donald Trump who abandoned an international nuclear deal and unleashed the most draconian sanctions on Iran.
"The current US administration is no different from the previous administration. Its demand is the same as Trump's demand and it has not changed at all. Behind the scenes of foreign policy, America is a predatory wolf that sometimes turns into a cunning fox. An example is the current situation in Afghanistan," Imam Khamenei said Saturday in a meeting with the new Iranian administration.
Biden has said that rejoining the nuclear agreement is one of his top foreign policy priorities, but he has been refusing to take any step to bring Washington back to compliance with the accord.
After sixth rounds of negotiations between Iran and the remaining signatories of the nuclear deal in Vienna, the Biden administration has shown an unusual urge to maintain key elements of sanctions imposed by his predecessor as leverage to pressure the Islamic Republic.
"The Americans breached negotiations for a long time and did not fulfill" their obligations, Ayatollah Khamenei said in his first meeting with President Ebrahim Raeisi and his cabinet members.
Raeisi has said his government will support talks that "guarantee national interests", but will not allow negotiations for the sake of negotiations, as the Biden administration has demanded that Iran's ballistic missile program and its role in the Middle East be also included in the deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"In the nuclear issue, the Americans have exceeded all limits in insolence, and even though they left JCPOA before everyone's eyes, they are talking in a demanding tone as if the Islamic Republic had abandoned the JCPOA and its obligations, while long after the American withdrawal, nothing was done by Iran, and some of the obligations - and not all of them - were set aside with prior notice and declaration," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the current tribulations in Afghanistan, saying they are a making of the United States.
"The tragedies of Afghanistan are deeply painful. These hardships Afghans are going through, the incident on Thursday, the killings - all are the work of the United States which occupied the country for 20 years and imposed all kinds of oppression on its people."
The Leader also touched on the future of Iran's relationship with Afghanistan, following the Taliban's takeover of the country and a "disgraceful" withdrawal of US-led forces.
"We are on the side of the Afghan nation because governments come and go as in the past, but it is the Afghan nation that remains, and the nature of Iran's relationship with governments also depends on the nature of their relationship with Iran. We ask God for goodness and salvation from this situation for the people of Afghanistan."