Moscow: Ebrahim Raisi announced on Tuesday during his inauguration as the new Iranian president that he would seek the lifting of US sanctions that have targeted the country for years.
“We will seek the lifting of US sanctions,” Raisi said, as quoted by the state-run ISNA news agency, adding that Iran will not bend to the will of other nations.
Presidents in Iran undergo a two-step inauguration process. The remark was made after Raisi was credentialed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei earlier in the day. Raisi is now set to be sworn in before the parliament on Thursday, when he is also to submit his proposed government line-up.
The Middle Eastern nation has been under US sanctions for decades, with the situation deteriorating in the early 2000s when Iran began developing its nuclear program. This resulted in new sanctions by the international community, which delivered a severe blow to the country’s economy.
In 2015, Iran struck a deal on nuclear development with Russia, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, France, and Germany. Under the accord, Tehran had to scale back its nuclear program and considerably decrease its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief.
The agreement, however, was all but mothballed in 2018 when former US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the deal and reimposed a sanctions policy against Tehran, which responded by gradually abandoning its commitments under the agreement.
Since April, Vienna has been hosting talks aimed at preventing the Iran nuclear deal from failing altogether. The sixth round of the talks finished on June 20. Tehran said the negotiations should resume after Raisi takes office.