If US President-elect Joe Biden wants to “return to law” and fulfill US obligations under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers, Iran’s response will be “clear and straightforward”, Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting adding that the Islamic Republic will also stick its commitments.
Rouhani maintained that Iran will never give in to pressure if the US refuses to carry out its commitments.
“The US will not be doing a favor even if it returns to its commitments, because that will be still an admission that it had been violating the law and has regretted lawbreaking,” he said, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Iran has been under a series of sanctions imposed by the US since 2018, when President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the landmark deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The US unleashed a “maximum pressure” campaign and targeted the Iranian nation with the “toughest ever” restrictive measures.
Biden has promised to rejoin the accord, which was negotiated while he was vice president, and seek diplomacy with Iran.
Iran has stressed that it will not accept any preconditions for the US rejoining the landmark deal.
In response to the US withdrawal, Iran started to gradually reduce its commitments to the JCPOA.
In its latest move, Iran started the process to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity at its Fordo nuclear facility earlier this week.
But Tehran maintains that such steps will be reversed upon full implementation of JCPOA commitments by all sides.