Iran: Parliament speaker demands Biden 'compensate' for 'unfulfilled obligations'

Iran's parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said US Presidential-elect Joe Biden should be ready to «implement the unfulfilled obligations without preconditions and compensate the Iranian people for several years of non-fulfilment of the US government's obligations,» referring to the Iran nuclear deal. Addressing a parliamentary session in Tehran on Sunday, Ghalibaf urged Biden to help bring about a shift in the US-Iran relations, despite Biden being Vice President under Obama when the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was struck. Ghalibaf said he wasn't optimistic things would be different as Biden's «team of experts and decision-makers is largely the same as the Obama administration,» which he said, «designed the so-called crippling sanctions and is the first to violate US commitments.» «Only the practical steps of the Biden government are important for us, and if the process of selling oil, the banking activities, and the trade of Iranian companies with the world become normal in practice, we would be pleased, although we are not optimistic about it,» he continued. The US has imposed a series of sanctions and restrictive measures on Iran since the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal set under President Obama.

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