Tehran: Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi stated on Tuesday that while the country will continue discussing the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal with “dignity,” it will also work to counteract the U.S. sanctions, as there is a lack of trust in “the other side.”
He made these comments during the closing ceremony of the 21st National Media Festival of Iran, which coincided with National Journalist’s Day on Aug. 8, according to a statement from the Iranian president’s office.
“We have never violated the (nuclear) agreement and never left the negotiating table. Today, although we have the upper hand in the negotiations to lift the sanctions and solid demands, we will never trust the other side as we have, on numerous occasions, seen them breaking their promises,” Raisi said.
Iran signed the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to put some curbs on its nuclear program in return for the removal of the sanctions on the country.
The United States, however, pulled out of the deal in May 2018 and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to reduce some of its nuclear commitments under the deal.
The talks on the JCPOA’s revival began in April 2021 in Vienna, Austria. No breakthrough has been achieved after the latest round of talks in August 2022.