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FM Zarif: New US admin. should seize chance to life imposed bans

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TEHRAN (ICANA) _ Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on US President Joe Biden to end his predecessor’s fruitless pressure policy against the Islamic Republic, beginning the process of rejoining the 2015 nuclear agreement by lifting all unilateral sanctions unconditionally, warning that the “window of opportunity will not be open” for the new White House team forever.
Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:04:00 AM

In an op-ed article published Friday by American magazine Foreign Affairs, Zarif said former US President Donald Trump failed to make Iran give in to his demands through his “maximum pressure” campaign that ensued Washington’s withdrawal in May 2018 from the nuclear accord.

The agreement was inked in 2015 between Tehran and six major world states — the US, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia — and was later endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

After abandoning the deal, Washington re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions lifted by the accord and launched a push to fully destroy the agreement by trying to dissuade the remaining signatories from staying in the agreement and threatening sanctions against any party that refuses to cut business ties with Tehran in defiance of American sanctions.

Washington’s pressure successfully blocked the European co-signatories from fulfilling their contractual obligations, a situation that prompted Tehran to retaliate and suspend parts of its own commitments under Article 36 of the deal, formally named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Trump, Zarif wrote, “tried to torpedo a major multilateral diplomatic achievement and then initiated a campaign of blunt economic warfare targeting the Iranian people, in effect pu

Zarif added that Trump’s pressure policy did create certain hardships for the Iranian nation, “but these hardships have not forced us to surrender, nor have they collapsed our economy or changed our strategic calculus.”

In fact, the hostile campaign has not only failed but has even produced “the exact opposite of its intended result” since it promoted the Islamic Republic to largely strengthen its capabilities in the nuclear industry.

‘A fundamental choice to make’

“The new administration in Washington has a fundamental choice to make. It can embrace the failed policies of the Trump administration and continue down the path of disdain for international cooperation and international law,” Zarid said. “Or the new administration can shed the failed assumptions of the past and seek to promote peace and comity in the region.”

The top Iranian diplomat advised Biden to take the second option and “choose a better path by ending Trump’s failed policy of “maximum pressure” and returning to the deal his predecessor abandoned.”

Zarif, however, said Washington can return to the deal if it shows it has the “genuine political will” to be a “real partner in collective efforts.”

“International agreements are not revolving doors, after all, and it is not an automatic right to return to a negotiated agreement—and enjoy its privileges—after one simply leaves on a whim,” he wrote.

“Doing so will open new possibilities for peace and stability in our region,” he said.

Zarif assured that Iran would reverse all the remedial measures it has taken after Washington’s exit from the JCPOA when the sanctions are lifted.

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