DUBAI (UAE) – As US President Joe Biden’s administration hopes to revive the 2015 nuclear accord, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran wants to see “action not words” from parties to the country’s nuke deal.
“We have heard many nice words and promises which in practice have been broken and opposite actions have been taken. Words and promises are no good. This time (we want) only action from the other side and we will also act,” Khamenei said in a televised speech.
Under the deal, sanctions were lifted in return for Iran agreeing curbs to its nuclear programme. Since Trump ditched the deal and reimposed sanctions, Tehran has gradually breached the deal’s terms.
Biden has said Washington will return to the nuclear pact abandoned by his predecessor Donald Trump in 2018 if Tehran first resumes full compliance. But with mutual mistrust running deep, Tehran says Washington must act first.
Tehran says its nuclear steps are reversible if Washington lifts the sanctions.