Iran Raisi calls for sanctioning US new weapon of war on UN debut
(Bloomberg) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said the United States was using sanctions as a new means of warfare during a first meeting before the United Nations General Assembly, which was notably absent from any update on the Stalled talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
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In a pre-recorded speech screened at the annual gathering of world leaders in New York City, Raisi, who is subject to direct US sanctions, said his country could never trust Washington after former President Donald Trump abandoned the multi-party agreement in 2018.
The die-hard cleric who took office in August accused the US regime of deadly sanctions of interfering with Iranians’ access to medicine during the coronavirus pandemic.
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“The world doesn’t care ‘America First’ or ‘America’s Back’,” Raisi said, poking fun at the favorite slogans of past and current US presidents. “We do not trust the promises made by the US government.” He cited the January attack on the United States Capitol and the much-criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war as signs of the decline and failure of the United States.
Raisi said Iran wants broad economic and political ties with the rest of the world, especially its neighbors. He reiterated that the nuclear talks would only be useful for Iran if they resulted in the removal of “all oppressive sanctions”.
Earlier Tuesday, Iran’s foreign ministry said talks to restore the historic moribund deal, which had curbed Tehran’s nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief, would resume “in the coming weeks.”
US officials have yet to comment on the timeline. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, who is attending the event in New York, plans to hold bilateral meetings with China, Russia, France, UK, Germany and the EU – all remaining parts of the nuclear deal – on the sidelines.
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