Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif: “When we meet, we will raise compensation.”
Iran has told President Joe Biden to pay $1 trillion in damages caused by the U.S. sanctions as the White House gears up for nuclear talks with the regime.
The Biden administration can hand over the mind-boggling amount as “reparation” or “investment” in the Iranian economy, regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif demanded on Sunday.
Qatar’s state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera reported the Iranian foreign minister’s demand:
Unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States inflicted $1 trillion worth of damage on Iran’s economy and Tehran expects compensation, its foreign minister said.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday after the US takes action to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers through lifting sanctions, Tehran will want to negotiate on the damages it has suffered.
“When we meet, we will raise compensation,” Zarif told the Iranian state-owned news network PressTV in an hour-long interview.
“Whether those compensations will take the form of reparation, or whether they take the form of investment, or whether they take the form of measures to prevent a repeat of what Trump did,” he said in reference to former US President Donald Trump. Trump unilaterally abandoned the nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed harsh, comprehensive sanctions that targeted all the sectors of Iran’s economy.
According to Zarif, Trump reimposed 800 sanctions that were put on Iran before the nuclear deal and imposed 800 new ones, all of which need to be lifted before the US can return to the deal.
Zarif, who personally negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal with then-Secretary of State John Kerry, has perhaps sensed the Biden administration’s desperation to restore the Obama-era agreement.
Even before the nuclear talks have started, the Biden White House has rolled back President Donald Trump’s enforcement of U.N. sanctions and arms embargo.
Because the Obama-Kerry nuclear deal gave Iran access to tens of billions of dollars in frozen bank assets in return for their vague promises, the Mullah regime now hopes for another fat signing amount for agreeing to a similar pact with President Biden.
Zafir is not a stranger to the newly-appointed Biden White House team. Along with Kerry, Robert Malley, both now senior officials in the new administration, held backchannel talks with him throughout the Trump tenure, recent media reports say.
“Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met with multiple current Biden administration officials several years ago to ‘undermine’ former President Trump’s dealings with the country,” The New York Post reported on Monday. The secretive backchannel with Iran was “an apparent bid to undermine the Trump team and lay the groundwork for post-Trump relations,” The Washington Times noted.
Kerry, now Biden’s Climate czar, apparently advised Iranians to wait out the Trump presidency, previous media reports suggested.
The much-touted Iran deal did nothing to dismantle the regime’s vast underground and clandestine nuclear program. Tehran wants to enhance its ability to enrich uranium and ramp up its ballistic missile system capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Tehran’s billions of dollars bagged for signing the Obama-Kerry deal went into financing pro-Iranian terrorist groups from Yemen to Gaza.
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