Iranian Foreign Minister, in an article published on Friday, said Tehran wants to preserve the nuclear deal it has made not a new one, urging the new US administration to reject the failed assumptions of their predecessors.
In an article titled ‘Iran Wants the Nuclear Deal It Made’ published in Foreign Affairs magazine, Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that the new US administration has a fundamental choice to make: “It can embrace the failed policies of its predecessor, and continue down the path of contempt for the international cooperation and international law. Or, it can reject failed assumptions & seek peace and comity.”
“As a candidate for president in 2016, Donald Trump pledged to stop wasting American blood and treasure on wars in West Asia. During his time in office,” Zarif wrote, “Trump instead further trapped the United States in the region and inflamed divisions to the point where a minor incident might quickly spiral out of control and lead to a major war.”
“The new administration in Washington has a fundamental choice to make. It can embrace the failed policies of the Trump administration and continue down the path of disdain for international cooperation and international law—a contempt powerfully evident in the United States’ decision in 2018 to unilaterally withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, that had been signed by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the European Union just three years earlier. Or the new administration can shed the failed assumptions of the past and seek to promote peace and comity in the region.”
“U.S. President Joe Biden can choose a better path by ending Trump’s failed policy of ‘maximum pressure’ and returning to the deal his predecessor abandoned,” the Iranian foreign minister pointed out, “If he does, Iran will likewise return to full implementation of our commitments under the nuclear deal. But if Washington instead insists on extracting concessions, then this opportunity will be lost.”
The incoming Biden administration can still salvage the nuclear agreement, but only if it can muster the genuine political will in Washington to demonstrate that the United States is ready to be a real partner in collective efforts, according to the Iranian top diplomat.
The window of opportunity for the new U.S. administration will not be open forever, Zarif concluded.
Source: Mehr News Agency