DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran doesn’t belief U.S. guarantees on lifting sanctions and can solely return to its commitments underneath a 2015 nuclear deal as soon as Washington absolutely removes the measures, Iranian Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mentioned on Sunday.
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is exploring methods to revive the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran signed with main world powers, however which was deserted in 2018 by President Donald Trump, who reimposed sanctions. Iran retaliated by breaching the phrases of the accord in a step-by-step response.
America and the opposite Western powers that signed as much as the 2015 deal seem like at odds with Tehran over which facet ought to return to the accord first, making it unlikely that U.S. sanctions which have crippled Iran’s financial system may be rapidly eliminated.
“We trusted America on the time of (former U.S. President Barack) Obama and fulfilled our commitments. However they didn’t. The People mentioned on paper that sanctions can be lifted, however they didn’t carry sanctions in apply,” Khamenei mentioned in a speech on state TV. “Their guarantees haven’t any credibility for us.”
“On paper they mentioned the sanctions have been lifted however they instructed any firm that wished to signal a contract with us that this was harmful and dangerous. They scared away buyers,” Khamenei mentioned.
“The People should carry all sanctions. We’ll confirm it and if sanctions are … actually cancelled, we’ll return to our obligations with none issues,” Khamenei mentioned. “We’ve a whole lot of endurance and we aren’t in a rush.”
Khamenei, who has the ultimate say in issues of state, mentioned Iranian planners ought to act on a worst-case state of affairs that sanctions wouldn’t be lifted quickly.
“It is best to assume that sanctions will stay in place and plan the nation’s financial system based mostly on sanctions,” Khamenei mentioned, addressing present officers and people who may take over after the nation’s presidential election in June.
(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Modifying by Catherine Evans and Giles Elgood)