0240 GMT August 04, 2021
“The US has for the past three years targeted every single Iranian living anywhere with its brutal & unlawful sanctions,” the senior Iranian diplomat said in a post on his Twitter account, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“The current US admin has partaken in these crimes against humanity for 144 days,” Araqchi added.
“Iranians should not have spent a single day under sanctions,” he emphasized.
The Iranian government has repeatedly urged the Biden administration to learn lessons from the futility of the sanctions against the Iranian nation, abide by the law and resume honoring its commitments.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in February that Iran will resume honoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed between Tehran and the P5+1 in July 2015, in full only after the US removes all the sanctions on the Islamic Republic in a practical and verifiable manner.
The US left the JCPOA in 2018 and restored the economic sanctions that the accord had lifted. Tehran retaliated with remedial nuclear measures that it is entitled to take under the JCPOA’s Paragraph 36.
A new round of talks to revive the JCPOA began in Vienna on April 6 between Iran and the remaining members of the nuclear deal, namely the UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany.
The current negotiations examine the potential of revitalization of the nuclear deal and Washington’s likely return to it.
In addition, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a press conference in Tehran on Monday that the US needs to decide about what path it wants to pursue with regard to the ongoing talks in Vienna, according to Press TV.
“The United States must make its decisions and know that it is not in an equal position with Iran and the P4+1 group in these talks. The United States should know that it is the violator of the JCPOA and Resolution 2231, and that it only participates in the talks in the position of a wrongdoer,” he added.
Hinting at the US withdrawal from the JCPOA under former president Donald Trump, Khatibzadeh said Washington must naturally give the necessary guarantees that it will not repeat what happened during the Trump era.
He also said the current round of Vienna talks – the sixth since the talks began in early April – is unlikely to be the last in the multilateral negotiations.
“It is too early to judge the outcome of the talks. This will not be the last round, and it is unlikely to be the last round, and some media speculations are not true,” Khatibzadeh stated, while at the same time, rejecting the notion that the Vienna talks have reached an impasse.
“Nothing is impossible,” he added.
Khatibzadeh said the JCPOA parties have agreed to remove part of the sanctions., IRNA reported.
‘US to blame’
Touching on remarks by US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley about the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic, Khatibzadeh said the current US administration, which Malley works for, has caused the death of many Iranian patients because of its failure to fulfill its promise to remove the Trump-era sanctions.
The Biden administration “has been an accomplice in Trump’s crimes against this nation through the continuation of the economic terrorism against the Iranian nation”, he said.
The remarks came days after Malley claimed he was “saddened” by the death of prisoner Sassan Niknafs in Iran.
Instead of shedding crocodile tears, Khatibzadeh asserted, the new US administration needs to pay attention to the dark record it has produced “in the history of foreign policy”.
“No country or nation in the world is likely to trust US [officials’] signatures and commitments. Because they showed that they are violating all their obligations, even obligations in Congress,” he added.
Khatibzadeh also dismissed a demand by the Group of Seven (G7) from Iran to suspend all its activities relating to ballistic missiles, saying those countries are well aware that UN Security Council Resolution 2231 by no means limits Iran’s nuclear program.
“Interpretations of [UN Security Council] Resolution 2231, by those who know well what this resolution refers to, are both very implausible and very inaccurate,”
The G7 nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US – issued a statement during a three-day in-person summit, calling on Iran to “suspend all activities related to ballistic missiles and nuclear nonproliferation issues”.
“What the resolution says refers to missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads which are not part of Iran’s missile activities, and such implausible readings of the resolution will only discredit those who make these claims,” Khatibzadeh said.
He added that it would be better for the G7 leaders to fulfill their obligations instead, stop interfering in the affairs of regional countries, and try to make more contributions to peace and stability by building respectful relationships with regional states.