President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Friday blasted the United States for imposing new sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical producers, saying the US is not trustworthy.
“I am surprised at the Americans who, on the one hand, send a message for talks and agreement, and on the other hand, add to the list of sanctions,” Raeisi told a gathering in Tehran, IRNA reported.
The US on Thursday sanctioned a network of Iranian petrochemical firms, as well as alleged front companies in China and the United Arab Emirates, accusing them of helping Iran circumvent sanctions, AFP reported.
“The world must give us the right not to trust the US because they violate their agreements,” Raeisi said.
After the new sanctions were announced, an undersecretary for the US Treasury, claimed that Washington was “pursuing the path of meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance with” the 2015 Iran nuclear deal from which the US withdrew in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran.
Talks to revive the JCPOA have been stalled since March due to US refusal to meet Iran’s key demands.
On Friday, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said “Iran won't distance itself from result-oriented talks.”
“We continue talks and call on US to be realistic and abandon sanctions lunacy,” Amir-Abdollahian tweeted.