Iran says it is ready for a new nuclear deal, but asks if the United States is

The Iranian president insisted on Wednesday that his country is serious about relaunching a deal intended to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear bomb, but questioned whether Tehran could trust America’s commitment to a possible deal.
The United States had already “trampled” on a previous agreement, President Ebrahim increase he told the UN General Assembly, referring to the American decision to withdraw from the agreement in 2018.
Ever since the 1979 Iranian revolution that overthrew its Western-backed shah, Tehran has been at odds with the United States and has tried to act as a counterweight to American power.
Tehran’s determination to resist US pressure has seen it build close ties with countries like Russia, develop an internal ballistic missile program, and attempt to export its narrow revolutionary ideals to Middle Eastern countries through Shiite militias and delegates.
Its nuclear program, which Iran insists is for peaceful energy purposes, is seen as an extension of its challenge to an American-led world order.
After former US President Donald Trump abandoned the Obama administration-brokered deal, Tehran has consistently abandoned any limitations of the deal imposed on its nuclear enrichment.
But efforts to salvage the deal are nearing the tipping point of take it or leave it. European Union officials have warned that the window for securing a nuclear deal is about to close.
In exchange for accepting the terms of the new nuclear deal, Iran would receive a relief on economic sanctions and greater access to global financial markets and the flow of US dollars.
“There is a great and serious will to resolve all issues” in the nuclear talks, Raisi said, but added: “Our wish is only one thing: respect for commitments”.
“Can we really trust without guarantees and assurances that this time they will live up to their commitment?” she asked the United States.
The swings in US foreign policy with successive administrations have affected not only Iran but also US allies who have questioned America’s trustworthiness and commitment to deals, ranging from climate to security.
Although he expressed a desire to reach an agreement, Raisi criticized what he said was lopsided control of Iran’s nuclear activities while other nations’ atomic programs remain secret – a reference to Israel, which he has never confirmed or denied. to possess such weapons. Israel, which vehemently opposes the nuclear deal, accuses Iran of hiding some aspects of its nuclear program from UN inspectors.
“We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon,” US President Joe Biden said in his speech to the United Nations, but stressed that the United States is ready to re-enter the agreement if Iran steps up its efforts. his commitments.
Raisi, who previously headed the Iranian judiciary, also denounced Western “double standards” on human rights. He accused Israel of creating the largest prison in the world by blocking the Palestinian Gaza Strip.
He also cited indigenous mass graves found in Canada and how the United States holds migrants and refugees on the southern border.
Wearing a traditional black turban identified with Shia clerics, Raisi displayed a photo of the slain General Qassem Soleimani, whom he described as a “man seeking freedom”. The leader of the Revolutionary Guard who oversaw Iranian militias and proxy armed groups in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and beyond was assassinated in a Trump-authorized attack in 2020 at the height of tensions with Iran.
Raisi, who was sworn in as president just a year ago, has been described as a protege of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He first spoke from the UN podium in his role as president. Last year, he made remarks to the assembly virtually due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
He told the assembled leaders that Iran wanted to have “broad relations with all our neighbors” – an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in the region.
Saudi Arabia and Iran have held a series of direct talks over the past year, although tensions remain high between the two. Meanwhile, the UAE recently reopened its embassy in Tehran and sent an ambassador there.
Raisi’s speech comes at a delicate moment in Iran.
Israel’s shadow war against Iran continues. It is widely believed that he was behind the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists and the sabotage attacks on the Iranian nuclear program.
Meanwhile, Western sanctions, which Raisi described as a “punishment against the Iranian people,” have devoured Iranian reserves, exacerbated inflation and devalued the Iranian currency against the US dollar.
Economic protests have flared up and are often met with lethal force.
In recent days, protesters clashed with police in cities across the country, including the capital, over the death of a 22-year-old woman who was detained by the police of morality on charges of violating the code of strictly enforced clothing of the Islamic Republic. On Wednesday, the Iranians suffered a near-total Internet blackout.
Raisi expressed condolences to the woman’s family and promised an investigation, while other Iranian officials accused unnamed foreign countries of seizing the incident to foment unrest. Her death sparked a long-boiling anger among many Iranians, especially young people, at the country’s ruling clerics.