Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has accused US President Joe Biden’s administration of making the same demands as his predecessor Donald Trump in talks to revive a nuclear accord.
The multilateral deal that offers Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program was torpedoed by Mr Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from it in 2018.
A last round of negotiations between Iran and the deal’s remaining parties to revive the 2015 accord ended in June with no resumption in sight.
“America’s current administration is no different from the previous one because what it demands from Iran on the nuclear issue is the same thing that Trump demanded,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in televised remarks late on Saturday.
He said that Biden’s administration wants “the same thing today, it’s no different. [Trump] said it in one way and these [say it] in different words”.
“The Americans truly have no shame on the nuclear issue, and even though they withdrew from the JCPOA … they now talk in a way and make demands as it was [Iran] that withdrew,” he said, quoted by his official website in reference to the deal by its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with President Ebrahim Raisi’s newly formed cabinet.