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US must lift all Iran sanctions to correct Trump’s failed ‘maximum pressure’ policy: Top security official

Iran’s top security official has once again highlighted the failure of the so-called ‘maximum pressure’ campaign pursued by the outgoing US President Donald Trump against the Islamic Republic, urging the United States to lift all sanctions as the only option possible to rectify its failed strategy.

“The complete and definitive lifting of all sanctions is Washington's sole option to correct Trump's failed strategy of maximum pressure,” Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said in a post on his Twitter account on Sunday.

Trump, a hawkish critic of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), unilaterally withdrew Washington from the agreement in May 2018, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism.

Washington reinstated the sanctions that it had lifted once it became a JCPOA member, and also started to force other countries into committing to the bans and stopping their trade with Tehran.

The US unleashed the so-called ‘maximum pressure’ campaign and targeted the Iranian nation with draconian restrictive measures in order to bring it to its knees, but Iran's economy keeps humming and is getting back on its feet.

However, the projected winner of the 2020 US election, Joe Biden, has said that he remains committed to the principles of the Iran nuclear deal.

Biden also denounced Trump's withdrawal from the JCPOA.

Elsewhere in his tweet, Iran's security chief said the US “perceptual war” waged to magnify its promise to join the JCPOA will not be successful, because in Iran's eyes US return to the deal is a “trivial issue” and not as important as Washington wants it to seem.

“America's perceptual war to magnify a trivial issue such as its return to #JCPOA will not be successful,” the SNSC secretary tweeted.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said last month that the Islamic Republic would accept no condition for the return of the United States to the multilateral nuclear deal.

“The latest remarks I have heard from Biden’s advisor, [including his National Security Advisor-designate Jake] Sullivan, and others indicate that, for the time being, they are willing to return [to the JCPOA]... The Islamic Republic has announced unequivocally that we accept no conditions for the return of the United States to the JCPOA. This is out of the question. Now we must wait and see whether they live up to what they say or not,” Salehi said.

Source: Press TV


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