Iran Nuclear Deal: Zarif Reveals Why Tehran Should Not ‘Show Goodwill Gesture First’

Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged that if Washington returns to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Tehran “will also fully respect” its commitments under the agreement, widely known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused the US of breaking the 2015 Iran nuclear deal “for no reason”, calling on Washington “to remedy its wrong”.

“Why on earth should Iran—a country that stood firm and defeated 4 years of a brutal US economic terrorism imposed in violation of JCPOA & UNSC Resolution—show goodwill gesture first?”, Zarif noted in a tweet on Tuesday, referring to the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The tweet came in response to a French presidential official reportedly claiming that Iran “must respect what they are no longer respecting” when it comes to the JCPOA.

In another development on Tuesday, Zarif underscored that Tehran will resume full compliance with the nuclear deal if the US lifts its sanctions against Iran. The latter are currently hindering the Islamic Republic from cooperating with foreign nations.

The remarks came a week after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged new US President Joe Biden to return to the nuclear deal abandoned by Donald Trump, vowing that Tehran will implement its JCPOA obligations if Washington returns to compliance as well.

He spoke after newly-confirmed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a Senate panel…

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