Ebrahim Raisi Calls on the U.S. to Prove Commitment in Reviving Iran Nuclear Deal

Ebrahim Raisi Calls on the U.S. to Prove Commitment in Reviving Iran Nuclear Deal

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called on the United States to show its goodwill and determination in reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Raisi stated that America violated the agreement and the principle of good faith by exiting the deal in 2018. He emphasized the need for the United States to prove its commitment and fulfill its obligations under the pact. Former President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the JCPOA led to the restoration of harsh U.S. sanctions on Iran, causing Tehran to gradually violate the agreement's nuclear limits.

Since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, efforts have been made to negotiate the revival of the nuclear pact. However, months of talks have stalled, with both sides accusing each other of demanding excessive concessions. Raisi highlighted the importance of building trust and genuine willingness to fulfill commitments in order to conclude the path towards a revived nuclear deal. In an attempt to ease tensions, a Qatar-mediated deal was reached last month between Tehran and Washington, resulting in the exchange of five detainees each and the release of $6 billion of Iran's funds in South Korea.

However, the United States and its Western allies have imposed sanctions on Iran over its handling of protests that were sparked by the death of Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in custody. During Raisi's speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Israel's envoy, Gilad Erdan, walked out of the hall while waving Amini's picture. Erdan stated that his action was to demonstrate Israel's support for the Iranian people. Iran and Israel have been engaged in a longstanding shadow war, marked by mutual allegations of sabotage and assassination plots.

The revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal remains a complex and challenging task, requiring both sides to demonstrate goodwill and engage in constructive negotiations. The international community continues to closely monitor the developments and hopes for a peaceful resolution to the nuclear dispute between the United States and Iran.

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