Iranian President Ibrahim Resi said yesterday that as long as US sanctions are in place, he does not want to meet with US President Jayden.
At the first press conference after winning the presidential election, Reisi stated that it was impossible to meet with the US president because Biden ignored the 2015 nuclear agreement and supported “inhumane sanctions” against the Iranian people.
“Biden must first lift the sanctions before the United States can regain Iran’s trust,” Raisy said.
But White House spokesperson Jen Psaki emphasized on Monday that the United States has no diplomatic relations with Iran and there is no plan for high-level meetings, so it is not clear whether this issue has changed.
Psaki said that with regard to the future of the nuclear agreement, from the perspective of the United States, the decision power lies with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said the US considered the way Raisi was elected president “quite fabricated,” also adding that the US stance that the recent presidential election in Iran was “neither free nor fair.”
“Our policy towards Iran is designed to advance American interests, regardless of who is elected Iranian president… But this was not a free and fair election process,” Price told Reuters in a telephone interview.