Iran’s leader Khamenei blames ‘cowardly’ US for halting nuclear talks | World News

Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday declared Tehran wouldn’t settle for Washington’s “stubborn” calls for in talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal and stated the United States had failed to ensure that it might by no means abandon the pact once more.

“The Americans acted completely cowardly and maliciously,” state TV quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying.

“They once violated the nuclear deal at no cost by exiting it. Now they explicitly say that they cannot give guarantees that it would not happen again.”

Since April 9, Tehran and 6 world powers have been in talks to revive the nuclear pact ditched three years in the past by then US President Donald Trump, who argued it favoured Iran.

The sixth spherical of oblique talks between Tehran and Washington adjourned on June 20, two days after hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi was elected president of the Islamic Republic. Parties concerned within the negotiations have but to announce when the following spherical of negotiations will resume.

Like Khamenei, Raisi has backed the revival of the nuclear pact however officers have stated that his authorities may undertake “a hardline” method. Khamenei, not the president, has the final say on Iran’s state issues, together with the nuclear coverage.

Iranian and Western officers have stated important gaps remained to reinstate the deal, underneath which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program to make it tougher to acquire fissile materials for a weapon in return for reduction from robust sanctions. Iran says it has by no means sought nuclear weapons and by no means would.


Harsh sanctions reimposed by Trump since 2018 have prompted Tehran to violate the deal’s limits. However, Tehran says its nuclear steps are reversible if Washington lifts all sanctions.

US President Joe Biden seeks to reinstate and finally broaden the pact to place extra limits on Iran’s nuclear work and its missile growth and constrain its regional actions.

Khamenei once more flatly rejected including some other points to the deal.

“In the recent nuclear talks, the Americans staunchly insisted on their obstinate stance. When making promises and on paper they say they will remove sanctions, but in practice they have not and they will not,” Khamenei stated.

Khamenei stated Washington is “stubborn” and insists on including a sentence to the prevailing nuclear deal.

“By adding this sentence, they want to provide an excuse for their further interventions on the nuclear deal and (Iran’s) missile work and regional issues,” Khamenei stated. “Then if we refuse to discuss those issues, Americans will accuse Iran of violating the nuclear deal and they will say the agreement is over.”

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