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Iranian president says US guarantees needed to prevent future nuclear deal exit

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders’ summit in Samarkand, September 16, 2022. (Photo by SERGEI BOBYLYOV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said his country needs assurances that the United States will not withdraw from the nuclear deal as a condition for relaunching the deal.

In an interview with Lesley Stahl on CBS’ 60 Minutes, which aired Sunday, Raisi said, “If it’s a good deal and a fair deal, we would be serious about making a deal.”

“It has to be permanent. There have to be guarantees. If there were a guarantee, Americans couldn’t get out of the deal,” he added.

Raisi said he “cannot trust the Americans” and “making promises is pointless now”.

“We can’t trust the Americans because of the behavior we’ve already seen from them. So there are no guarantees, no trust.”

The White House has not responded to President Raisi’s comments. The United States has maintained that Iran must not be allowed to develop or acquire nuclear weapons.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last week he couldn’t give a timeframe for when he thinks a return to a nuclear deal with Iran is possible, saying Iran “would not or cannot do what is necessary to reach an agreement.”

“They keep trying to bring irrelevant issues into the negotiations that make an agreement less likely,” Blinken said. “But what we’ve seen over the last week is certainly a step backwards that makes any kind of near-term deal less likely.”

US officials had previously expressed some optimism about recent efforts to revive the nuclear deal – which the United States abandoned in 2018 during the Trump administration and which Tehran has increasingly violated since – but hopes for a breakthrough have remained

The Iranian President, in an interview with CBS, expressed his dissatisfaction that the Biden administration has maintained the sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump after the withdrawal from the deal.

“This is tyranny against the Iranian people… It is important to us that the sanctions are lifted. They claim they are different from the Trump administration. They said so in their messages to us. But we haven’t seen any change “really,” Raisi told CBS.

The Iranian president said he “doesn’t think” a meeting with President Joe Biden at the United Nations General Assembly session in New York “will take place” and he doesn’t think “that a meeting … with [Biden] be beneficial.”

“I don’t think that meeting is going to happen… I don’t think meeting or talking to him would be beneficial,” the Iranian president told CBS.

Lesley Stahl also asked him about the Holocaust, which Iranian politicians have consistently denied or downplayed in historical accounts.

When asked if he believed the Holocaust happened, President Raisi told CBS, “There is some evidence that it did happen. If so, they should allow him to be examined and investigated.”

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid responded to Raisi’s remarks with photos of the Holocaust and a Twitter caption that read “some clues”.

Iranian presidents have in the past made inflammatory remarks about the existence of Israel and the Nazi attempted extermination of the Jews during World War II in the last century.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was President of Iran from 2005 to 2013, was a Holocaust denial and a staunch opponent of Israel’s existence.

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