Khamenei says Tehran wants "action not words" from parties to 2015 deal
February 25, 2021
Middle East

Iran’s Khamenei stresses Tehran wants “action not words” from parties to 2015 deal

DUBAI (UAE) – Iran wants to see “action not words” from parties to the country’s 2015 nuclear deal, said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday. US President Joe Biden’s administration is pinning hopes on reviving the accord.

Khamenei said in a televised speech, “We have heard many nice words and promises which in practice have been broken and opposite actions have been taken. Words and promises are no good. This time (we want) only action from the other side and we will also act.”

Biden has said Washington will go back to the nuclear pact, which has been neglected by former US President Donald Trump in 2018 if Tehran first resumes full compliance. However, as their mutual mistrust remains ingrained, Tehran says Washington must take action first.

Going by the deal, sanctions were taken off in return for Iran okaying curbs to its nuclear programme. After Trump left the deal and brought back sanctions, Tehran has over time made breaches to the deal’s terms.

Tehran says its nuclear steps could be reversed if Washington lifts the sanctions.

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