Joe Biden humiliated as Irans new president takes ‘tough position’ in US nuclear talks

Biden: Expert discusses ‘tough position’ on nuclear talks

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US President Joe Biden has been denied a summit with Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi. The hardline cleric has taken a “tough position” amid ongoing talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. Mr Raisi has “flatly refused” to meet the US President in a diplomatic slapdown for the White House. Mr Biden has been looking at repairing the landmark pact that was a legacy of his close friend and predecessor Barack Obama. 

WION anchor Jodie Cohen said: “Taking a tough position, the newly elected president of Iran Ebrahim Raisi has rejected the possibility of meeting with US President Joe Biden.

“The 60-year-old cleric however backs talks between and six world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.”

Mr Raisi has”flatly rejected” meeting the US President even if Washington removed all sanctions, according to WION.

In his first news conference since Iran’s election on Friday, the hardline cleric called on America and the EU to stick to commitments made under the nuclear deal known as the JCPOA.

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Iran’s President-elect said: “The Americans violated the JCPOA and the Europeans did not fulfill their commitments.

“What I want to stress to the US is that based on the nuclear deal you are obligated to lift the sanctions and you did not.

“Return and fulfill your commitments.

“To the Europeans, I say that they should definitely not remain pressured by American policies and should fulfill their commitment under the JCPOA.”

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It comes as negotiations have been underway in Vienna since April to work out how Iran and the US can both return the framework of the deal which was abandoned in 2018 under the presidency of Donald Trump. 

Mr Trump late reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran.

Meanwhile, Israeli leaders have strongly condemned the election of Mr Raisi following the result on Friday.

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett described the vote as “the last chance for the world powers to wake up before returning to the nuclear agreement and to understand who they’re doing business with”.

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Mr Bennett added: “These guys are murderers, mass murderers.

“A regime of brutal hangmen must never be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction that will enable it to not kill thousands, but millions.”

While an Israel Government source also told the Channel 12 news outlet: “There will be no choice [now] but to go back and prepare attack plans for Iran’s nuclear programme.

“This will require budgets and the reallocation of resources.”

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