MADRID, 22 Jun. (EUROPA PRESS) –
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday that the United States has no plans to meet with the president-elect of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, after he refused to meet with the US president, Joe Biden, and has remembered that the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is the one who makes the decisions.
In a press conference, Psaki has reacted to Raisi’s position stating that Washington has no diplomatic relations with Iran and no “plans” to meet with the new president.
“I will say that the opinion of the president and ours is that the one who makes the decisions here is the supreme leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei). That is how it was before the elections, that is how it is today and that is how it will probably be in the future,” expressed about it.
He has also asserted that Raisi will have to “be held accountable” if he carries out human rights violations in his mandate and has urged the new government to “free political prisoners and improve the fundamental freedoms of Iranians.”
On the other hand, he has referred to the Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action (JCPOA), the 2015 nuclear agreement, and has specified that after finishing the six rounds of talks, the following ones have not yet been announced because both negotiating teams are consulting with the respective governments.
The US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, has also referred to the agreement, who has assured that the negotiations in Vienna will resume in the coming days.
“The broader point is that our Iran policy is designed to advance the interests of the United States, and that is regardless of who is elected as president of Iran in a process that we consider prefabricated,” he also said, to insist that the elections were not “free or fair.”
“We have always said that it is absolutely in our interest to reach a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA precisely because it would allow us to prevent once again, permanently and verifiably, from Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. That was in our interest before the elections. Iranians and it is our interest afterwards, “he assured.
For his part, in his first press conference as president-elect, Raisi stressed that “the foreign policy” of his Administration “will not start from the nuclear agreement nor will it be limited by it.” “The economic situation and the lives of the people will not be linked to these negotiations, but conversations will not be allowed just to have them,” he stressed.
In any case, it has called on the United States to comply with the nuclear agreement and “fulfill its commitments.” “The Iranian people expect you to fulfill your obligations,” he stressed.
Iran has announced to date the withdrawal of its commitments on several of the points of the agreement, which has caused fear in the rest of the signatories of a possible collapse of the pact. However, the Iranian authorities have consistently argued that these steps can be reversed if the United States withdraws the sanctions and returns to the agreement.