Iran urges US to abandon Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ policy

On Thursday, the Iranian Foreign Minister called on the Joe Biden administration to lift the economic sanctions imposed on his country and to abandon the policy of “maximum pressure” of his predecessor, Donald Trump, in order to revive the chances of reaching an agreement on the Iranian nuclear file.

“The most important thing is that economic sanctions must be lifted in an effective manner,” Hussein Amir Abdollahian said during an intervention at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Most importantly, the maximum pressure policy that was prevalent under Trump is removed.” “You have to prove to us that you are different from President Trump,” he stressed.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (an acronym for the 2015 agreement), which provides for strict limits on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, has been moribund since the unilateral withdrawal of the United States in 2018 under the presidency of Donald Trump.

The election of Joe Biden to the White House revived efforts to revive him, but negotiations stalled for two months even though a draft text appeared within reach of signature. On Wednesday, US negotiator Rob Malley said, “The chances of negotiations succeeding are less than the chances of failure,” referring to Iran’s “excessive demands that we will not acquiesce in.”

On Thursday, the Iranian Foreign Minister called on the Joe Biden administration to lift economic sanctions on his country and abandon the policy of “maximum pressure” of his predecessor, Donald Trump, in order to revive the chances of reaching an agreement on Iranian nuclear energy. That economic sanctions should be lifted…

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