by Parisa Hafezi and John Irish
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iran’s president said this Thursday that there is no point in salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal without Iran giving assurances that the United States will not withdraw and international investigators end investigations into Tehran’s atomic program.
Pointing out that attempts at the UN General Assembly to break the stalemate have failed, President Ebrahim Raisi said, “What’s the point of having a resurgent agreement without any guarantee that the United States will not violate it again?” said.
“The ball for reaching a nuclear deal with Iran is now in Tehran’s court,” French President Emmanuel Macron said after meeting with Raisi in New York on Tuesday.
However, in a televised press conference, Raisi blamed the Europeans and the United States, which are parties to the agreement, responsible for failing to revive the agreement.
“How can we make a permanent deal if these investigations are not closed? If the Americans and Europeans keep their commitments, we can make a good deal.”
In addition to seeking reassurance, the Islamic Republic wants the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to abandon its years-long search for unexplained traces of uranium found in three undeclared sites in Iran.
The agreement limited Iran’s uranium enrichment activities to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
(Reporting by Paris Hafezi and John Irish)