Iran hails end of 'tyrant' Trump, says 'ball in America's court'

Clay Curtis
January 21, 2021

The Iranian government has signalled a readiness to engage with Biden, who takes office on January 20 and has himself expressed willingness to return to diplomacy with Tehran.

"The ball is in the US court now.

We expect [the Biden administration] to return to law and to commitments, and try in the next four years, if they can, to remove the stains of the past four years", he added.

He added that the memories of their "crimes against humanity", including the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani past year and sanctions against Iran, "will shine on".

Tensions have been soaring between grown between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when Mr Trump quit the deal between Iran and six world powers that sought to limit Tehran's nuclear programme and to prevent it developing atomic weapons.

'Trump's political race ends today and his position of maximum pressure against Iran completely failed, ' Rouhani indicated during a meeting with his Cabinet.

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But they face a struggle to get Iran and the U.S. back on the same page after Trump reimposed harsh sanctions and Tehran responded by breaching limits set by the deal.

Reacting to those comments, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made it clear following the Wednesday Cabinet meeting that the United States government must return to the nuclear deal "without any need for negotiations".

"If Iran comes back into compliance, we would too", Biden's pick for secretary of state Tony Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

Tehran has repeatedly called on Washington to lift sanctions first and respect its own obligations under the agreement. A new agreement, according to the incoming top USA diplomat, could address Iran's missile program and its regional activities.

Mr Biden appears to see a return to the deal as a prelude to wider talks on Iran's nuclear work, its ballistic missiles and regional activities.

Mr Biden's choice to lead the Pentagon, retired Army General Lloyd Austin, said warned Iran posed a threat to American allies in the region and forces stationed in the Middle East.

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