Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, on Thursday (22/9), said the lifting of sanctions was an important factor in determining the outcome of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
“We underline that this agreement must be adhered to. Must be in tandem with possible resolutions of military or other dimensions. It really means nothing when we talk about reaching an agreement, but what are we really talking about? To solve an extraordinary problem. This is one of the most important issues that stands out.”
Raisi made this point at a press conference in New York on Thursday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has expressed concern over Iran’s lack of involvement in the investigation, which is a thorn in the side of efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
Raisi stressed that negotiations should be based on guarantees. “Guarantee (from) the United States. (We) need that assurance because of the bitter experience of America’s behavior. They carried out unilateral and illegal actions by abandoning signed agreements, trampling on commitments they signed themselves,” Raisi said.
Raisi added that the impact on global oil prices was affected by the severance of Russian oil supplies to world markets. “We can’t realistically determine and talk about gas or oil prices from one producer and say this won’t affect the prices and market conditions of other producers.”
Raisi also spoke about the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman in police custody, after being arrested by the moral police for not wearing the hijab properly.
Clashes between Iranian security forces and angry protesters over the incident since last weekend have killed at least nine people. Raisi insisted that the incident “should be investigated.” [em/jm]