0922 GMT May 13, 2021
In an address to a meeting of police commanders on Saturday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri added while the previous US president left the White House humiliatingly and the American policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran ended in failure, the new US administration has displayed nothing but empty promises and deception, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Experience shows that Democratic US governments say beautiful words and work like an iron fist in a velvet glove, and that they constantly hatch plots to create insecurity in Iran, the top general added.
Despite the promises about a breakthrough in economic ties with Iran and the removal of the unilateral sanctions, what the US administration has presented in the past couple of months have been mere words without any action, he noted.
“They (the US) are trying hard to start lengthy and pointless talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran with new claims and demands, while the strategic policy pursued by the Islamic Republic, as outlined and devised by the Leader [of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei], is only the full removal of the sanctions that they have imposed on Iran under any name,” Major General Baqeri stated.
The senior commander emphasized that Iran will resume honoring its nuclear commitments — as it has always fulfilled its promises — only after a detailed and practical verification of the complete termination of the sanctions.
His comments came after the JCPOA Joint Commission held a four-day round of talks in the Austrian city of Vienna attended by representatives of Iran, Russia, China, France and the UK.
The US has been absent from the commission and its discussions since 2018, when its former president Donald Trump pulled the country out of the JCPOA and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions, which had been lifted following the signing of the nuclear accord in July 2015, against Iran.