Ball is in US court, says Rouhani about nuclear dispute
February 26, 2021
Middle East

Ball is in US court, says Rouhani about nuclear dispute

DUBAI (UAE) – President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Wednesday urged the new administration of the US to return to a 2015 nuclear pact and lift curbs on Tehran. He also hailed the end of “tyrant” President Donald Trump’s era.

President-elect Joe Biden, who assumes office on Wednesday, has stated that the US would rejoin the agreement, which includes curbs on Iran’s nuclear activities if Tehran resumes strict compliance.

“The ball is in the US court now. If Washington returns to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact,” Rouhani said.

“Today, we expect the incoming U.S. administration to return to the rule of law and commit themselves, and if they can, in the next four years, to remove all the black spots of the previous four years,” he said.

Antony Blinken, who has been chosen by Biden as secretary of state, said on Tuesday the US would not take a hasty decision on whether to rejoin the agreement.

“Tyrant Trump’s political career and his ominous reign are over today and his ‘maximum pressure’ policy on Iran has completely failed,” Rouhani said. “Trump is dead but the nuclear deal is still alive.”

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