Iran says US must end its addiction to sanctions against Tehran
Iran accused US President Joe Biden on Saturday of following the same "dead end" policies as Donald Trump, urging Washington to stop its addiction to sanctions against the Islamic republic.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh made his remarks a day after the US Treasury announced financial sanctions against four Iranians who are factiously accused of planning the kidnapping in the US of an Iranian journalist with US citizenship.
"Washington must understand that it has no other choice but to abandon its addiction to sanctions and show respect, both in its statements and in its behaviour, towards Iran," Khatibzadeh said in a press release.
He said the latest US accusations resemble a “Hollywood scenario, adding
that Iran Hawks in the US are seeking to justify the new American sanctions
against the Islamic Republic.
The Trump administration reimposed US sanctions against Iran in 2018 after illegally and unilaterally leaving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—a historic nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers reached in 2015.
Biden has not lived up to his campaign pledge of returning Washington to the JCPOA, while the Europeans have been toeing America’s sanctions line as closely as possible.