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'Iran will not accept stubborn US demands'

International desk
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has announced that Iran will not accept US demands to start conversation on a return to the nuclear deal. He made the announcement on Wednesday. He called the US demand "stubborn".

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there was no guarantee that the United States would not withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal. He described the country as cowardly and hostile. Khamenei complained that the United States had violated the agreement once without any reason.

During Barack Obama's presidency in 2015, Iran signed nuclear agreements with the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China. The main point of the agreement was that Iran would limit its nuclear activities and the International Atomic Energy Agency would be able to inspect any of Iran's nuclear facilities at any time. In return, the United States lifted the economic embargo on Iran.

But the United States pulled out of the deal under former President Donald Trump. Iran then withdrew from the deal and began uranium enrichment.

However, the two sides have repeatedly called for a return to the agreement. In addition, Iran has held conversation with other countries in the agreement. But this discussion was not fruitful. The United States and Iran have also agreed to return to the agreement. But there was no direct discussion.

Joe Biden has promised to return to the deal once he becomes president of the United States. However, sanctions imposed on Iran during the Trump administration have not yet been lifted. The U.S. State Department recently said the Biden administration is sincere in paving the way for a meaningful diplomacy to return to the agreement.

A State Department spokesman said they were ready to return to the 2015 agreement.

"We urge Iran to hold conversation as soon as possible so that we can return to that agreement as soon as possible," he said.

Khamenei, however, said the United States had maintained its "rigid position" in recent talks. They are promising, on paper, to lift sanctions on Iran. But there is no evidence of this in their work. They won't do it.

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