Dubai: Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Sunday that Iran does not trust the U.S.’s commitment to lift sanctions and will only resume its under the 2015 nuclear agreement after Washington completely lifts the measures. Commitment made.
The administration of US President Joe Biden is exploring ways to restore the 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the world’s major powers, but the agreement was abandoned in 2018 by President Donald Trump, who again imposed sanctions. Iran responded step by step, retaliating for violation of the terms of the agreement.
The United States and other Western powers that signed the 2015 agreement seem to be inconsistent with Tehran. The latter should restore the agreement first. This makes it unlikely that the US sanctions that undermine Iran’s economy will be quickly eliminated.
“We trusted America at the time of (former U.S. President Barack) Obama and fulfilled our commitments. But they didn’t. The Americans said on paper that sanctions will be lifted, but they didn’t lift sanctions in practice,” Khamenei said in a speech on state TV. “Their promises have no credibility for us.”
“On paper they said the sanctions were lifted but they told any company that wanted to sign a contract with us that this was dangerous and risky. They scared away investors,” Khamenei said.
“The Americans must lift all sanctions. We will verify it and if sanctions are … really cancelled, we will return to our obligations without any problems,” Khamenei said. “We have a lot of patience and we are not in a hurry.”
Khamenei, who has the final say in matters of state, said Iranian planners should act on a worst-case scenario that sanctions would not be lifted soon.
“You should assume that sanctions will remain in place and plan the country s economy based on sanctions,” Khamenei said, addressing current officials and those who might take over after the country s presidential election in June.