Iran Calls On US to Stop Extension of Sanction

September 04, 2021

On Saturday, Iran urged Americans to end its reliance on enforcement actions against the Islamic Republic, accusing President Joe Biden of pursuing the same “dead end” policies as Donald Trump. Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh made the statement a day after the US Reserve bank revealed economic sanctions against four Iranians accused of plotting the kidnapping of an American journalist of Iranian descent in the US.

Khatibzadeh said in a press release, “Washington must recognize that it has no option but to give up its addiction to sanctions and demonstrate respect for Iran, both in its statements and in its behavior”. The Treasury Department revealed sanctions on Friday against “four Iranian intelligence officers” involved in a campaign against Iranian protestors around the world.

According to a mid-July US federal investigation, intelligence agents attempted in 2018 to force Masih Alinejad’s Iran-based relatives to entice her to a third country where she would be immediately deported to Iran. When it didn’t work, they supposedly hired US private detectives to follow her around for the past two years. In July, Khatibzadeh called the American accusations “untrue and ridiculous,” referring to them as “Hollywood scenarios.”

Under Trump’s presidency, the US unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers. The multilateral agreement granted Iran alleviation from sanctions in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear programme. In 2108, it was doomed by Trump’s decision to remove the US from it.

Biden has stated his desire to rejoin Washington into the alliance, but talks in Vienna that began in April have stagnated since Iran’s presidential election in June was won by the super duper Ebrahim Raisi. At the end of August, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, accused Biden’s administration of making the same demands as his predecessor in talks to resurrect the agreement. In addition, Iran’s new Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, recommended on Tuesday that the Vienna talks would not resume for another two or three months. Tehran is insisting that the US lift all international sanctions or reemployed on it since 2017.

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