March 6, 2021

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No direct contact between Iran and America, although Biden took office

TEHRAN – Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, says Iran has no interest to make a direct contact with the U.S, saying that the JCPOA is the right framework for dialogue.

Araqchi insists that “there will be no JCPOA plus, no new agreement, and no new negotiations about the JCPOA.”

In an interview with La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, he said: “Currently, we have no interest in any direct contact with the United States and we think that the JCPOA is the right framework and the talks should be conducted in that framework.”

In response to the question on “how do you see the transfer of power from the Trump administration to the Biden administration?” he said, “We do not have a specific position against this transfer of power between the two governments. We are just waiting to see how the new U.S. president wants to correct Trump’s wrong decision. What happened in Washington shows us the true face of American democracy. It is now clear that they have no right to tell anyone in the world how to solve political problems at home.”

Also Araqchi added, “Iran’s request is realistic and the U.S. needs to lift sanctions and return to the nuclear deal. I see no other alternative. We negotiated in good faith and acted in good faith to JCPOA. It is the turn of the new U.S. administration to make up for the mistakes of the previous administration. To return to the nuclear deal, they must lift all sanctions. We are ready to meet all of our obligations under the JCPOA, if Americans meet their commitments and lift the sanctions,” answering the question concerning Iran’s demands from the Biden administration.

In this interview, he asserted, “There will be no JCPOA plus, no new agreement, and no new negotiations about the JCPOA. Iranian missiles are the only reliable defense tool for Iran, and there is no negotiation on this issue. On other issues, it all depends on how the JCPOA will be implemented. Regarding the security of the Persian Gulf, this is an issue that can be the subject of dialogue between the countries of the region without foreign interference. Regional security can be discussed collectively.”



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