While Joe Biden insists on returning to a nuclear agreement with Iran, the new Iranian president indicated that he will not meet with the American president, and asserted that he will continue to finance regional militias.
Ebrahim Raisi, the new Iranian President, is a protégé of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and this Monday, June 21, accused the U.S. and the E.U. of violating the agreement that the Obama administration negotiated with Iran in 2015.
In his first televised press conference, he was asked if he would be willing to meet with Biden, Raisi gave a resounding “No” and stated that “the United States is obliged to lift all oppressive sanctions against Iran.”
The sixth round of talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal was suspended on Sunday as delegates returned to their respective capitals for consultations and final decisions.
Iran’s president called his country’s ballistic missile program “non-negotiable,” a position held by all previous governments in Tehran.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned the Biden administration about the consequences of returning to the Iran nuclear deal. He predicted that if the deal is revived, the Middle East will be pushed into an arms race, and Israel will have to resort to force to neutralize the threat from Iran.
Likewise, Naftali Bennett, who last week replaced Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister, advised the United States to “wake up.”
Israel criticizes potential negotiations with the new Iranian president
“Raisi’s election is, I would say, the last chance for the world powers to wake up before returning to the nuclear deal and understand who they are doing business with,” said Bennett, who also sentenced that “A regime of brutal executioners must never be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction.”
The nuclear deal reached with the Obama administration lifted international sanctions and returned unfrozen Iranian funds, many of which went to finance terrorism in the region.