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Tehran Waits for Biden’s Approach During His First Month in Office

Tehran Waits for Biden’s Approach During His First Month in Office

Tuesday, 19 January, 2021 - 07:30
Members of the media and officials tour the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran (FILE PHOTO) © WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

The Iranian government is waiting for the first month of President-elect Joe Biden's presidency, whose inauguration is scheduled for Jan. 20.


Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Majid Takht Rawanji said that Iran is in no rush to issue prejudgments on Biden, who expressed openness on the nuclear deal.


Hours before the tweet of Rawanji, IRNA revealed in an analysis that the ball is now in Biden’s court – hinting at a 60-day deadline determined by the Iranian parliament for the US to lift sanctions imposed on Tehran.


Speaking in an interview with "Khamenei.ir", Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi touched on the US sanctions and the nuclear deal.


He said that sanctions against Iran do not result from issues like human rights or democracy, stressing that the major challenge to the West is the Islamic system and rule of the country.


The interview is one in a series of interviews with Iranian officials, following a statement made by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei two weeks ago saying that Iran "is in no rush and we are not insisting on their return, our demand, which is both logical and rational, is the lifting of sanctions."


Salehi said that Iran is prepared to limit its enrichment program but this would be dependent on US action.


He stated that the US must return to the nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and remove all sanctions against Iran, especially those that prevent the country’s oil sales and banking transactions.


“Now, we produce almost 500 grams of 20-percent enriched uranium per day and store it inside the country under the Parliament's law,” he noted.


“As the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said in his speech if they lift the sanctions, we will return to our obligations”, Salehi added.


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