In a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday, Zarif shared a statement made by the US president back in June 2019, in which Biden called “sadly ironic” a demand by the State Department under the then Trump administration for Iran’s compliance with the multilateral 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), one year after Trump abandoned it.
In that tweet, Biden had criticized Trump for “walking away from diplomacy” and said such an attitude could lead to another “military conflict” in the already-troubled Middle East region.
Addressing Biden, Zarif said “your admin follows [in] Trump’s footsteps while trying to use his unlawful sanctions as “leverage.””
Zarif added that it is time for the Biden administration to reverse course and set aside Trump’s pressure campaign.
“Nasty habits die hard. Time to kick this one,” the top Iranian diplomat tweeted.
"It's sadly ironic that the State Dept is now calling on Iran to abide by the very deal the Trump administration abandoned."@POTUS, 2019— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) March 30, 2021
Your admin follows Trump's footsteps while trying to use his unlawful sanctions as "leverage".
Nasty habits die hard. Time to kick this one. pic.twitter.com/PIhN1YwT3e
The future of the JCPOA has been in doubt since May 2018, when the US under ex-president Trump pulled out of the agreement and imposed the “toughest ever” sanctions on Iran as part of his so-called “maximum pressure,” which tried in vain to force Iran back to the negotiating table for talks on a “better deal.”
Biden, the current president of the United States, has repeatedly spoken of a willingness to rejoin the Iran deal, but, in practice, he has so far been sticking with Trump’s futile pressure campaign.
Washington says Tehran should stop the countermeasures it has been taking in line with Article 36 of the JCPO before the US returns.
The US president has been receiving public and private advice to maintain the Trump-era sanctions on Iran and use them as “leverage” in any possible negotiations with the country over the nuclear deal.
The Biden administration has admitted to the failure of Trump’s pressure campaign against Iran, but it has so far refused to abandon that policy.
Biden administration officials, mindful of the increasingly unfavorable calendar, plan to put forth a new proposal to jump-start the talks as soon as this week, two people familiar with the situation told Politico.
The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic to the United Nations also reiterated that no proposal is needed for the US to rejoin the JCPOA. “It only requires a political decision…”