Raisi wants West's oppressive sanctions against Iran removed
Iran's President has urged the lifting of sanctions as soon as possible, calling them oppressive, and saying that the US and European countries had violated the terms of the nuclear agreement reached in 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Ebrahim Raeisi made the remarks in a late Saturday televised interview in which he addressed the nation on various domestic and international issues.
Iran’s chief executive said a headquarters has been set up under the direct command of the First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber to follow up on the removal of sanctions.
Concerning the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell’s visit to Iran, Raeisi said,
“Our policy is to have the sanctions removed and these sanctions must be
removed as soon as possible, because they are unjust and against the
commitments of the US and Europe [under the JCPOA]. The other side must
return to its commitments. This path will be followed; we follow the
path of thwarting the sanctions.”
The President has also criticized the US and the three European member states of the 2015 nuclear deal for pushing for an anti-Tehran resolution at the IAEA while negotiations for the revival of the deal still awaited a final outcome.
President Raisi said on Saturday night that what the US, as well as Germany, France and Britain did was very improper.
The Iranian president was referring to the resolution that the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted earlier in June.
The Iranian president then described interaction with Iran's neighboring
countries as a "priority" of his administration's foreign policy,
saying adoption of the policy had resulted in a trade balance surplus of
450 percent for the country and increased trade with neighbors.