Iran Calls on US to ‘Stop Addiction to Sanctions’

Iran Calls on US to 'Stop Addiction to Sanctions'

Iran called on the United States (US) on Saturday (4/9) to stop imposing sanctions on the Islamic republic. Iran has also accused US President Joe Biden of following the same “stalemate” policy as former US president Donald Trump.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh shared his views a day after the US Treasury announced financial sanctions against four Iranians. The four are accused of plotting to kidnap a US journalist of Iranian descent.

“Washington must understand that they have no other choice but to break their addiction to sanctions and show respect, both in statement and behavior, towards Iran,” Khatibzadeh said in a press release.

Under Trump’s leadership, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the world’s six most influential powers.

The multilateral agreement allows sanctions to be eased, provided Iran limits its nuclear program.

Biden has said he wants to include Washington again in the deal. However, talks in Vienna that began in April have stalled since the ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raisi won Iran’s presidential election in June. [vm/ft]