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Iran comments on new US sanctions

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Azadi Tower in Tehran.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry considered that the new US sanctions against Iran contradict the US claims about the desire to return to the nuclear agreement.

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“The imposition of the new sanctions reflects the completely contradictory behavior of the White House, which speaks of its intention to return to the nuclear agreement and continues to impose sanctions,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement issued Friday evening.

On Friday, the US Treasury announced that it had imposed a new package of sanctions on a number of individuals and companies in Iran, claiming to provide support for the Revolutionary Guard’s drone program.

The ministry held the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards responsible for using combat drones or handing them over to Iranian-backed groups, such as “Hezbollah”, “Hamas”, “Kataeb Hezbollah” and the Houthis, as well as exporting them to Ethiopia, where “the worsening crisis threatens to undermine the stability of the region.” more broadly.”

Since April, Vienna has hosted 6 rounds of negotiations under the auspices of the European Union to save the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program in light of the United States’ withdrawal from it in 2018 during the term of its former president, Donald Trump, who imposed painful sanctions on the Iranian party, to which the latter responded by reducing its commitments to the deal since 2019.

Official talks were held between Iran on one side and Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany on the other, but the European Union and Washington had previously confirmed the United States’ participation in the dialogue without engaging in any direct contacts with the Iranian side.

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Tehran refuses to negotiate directly with the Biden administration before lifting sanctions, while Washington insists on the need to advance the principle of step for step.

The negotiations later stopped in light of the changes in the executive authority in Iran against the backdrop of the presidential elections in August, which were won by the conservative candidate, Ibrahim Raisi.

Source: agencies