18 September 2022

President Raisi, discussing the Vienna talks, remarked that if “a good deal and fair deal [is on the table], we would be serious about reaching an agreement. It needs to be lasting. There needs to be guarantees. If there were a guarantee, then the Americans could not withdraw from the deal”.  He further argued that “the new administration in the U.S., they claim that they are different from the Trump administration. They have said it in their messages to us. But we haven’t witnessed any changes in reality”. “It is important to us to have the sanctions lifted”, he added, while noting: “There’s a number of countries that are being sanctioned. By doing this, they are bringing them closer together, making them more united. And this will render American sanctions ineffective”. Raisi also commented on a prisoner swap with the U.S. and maintained: “It can be conducted separately from the nuclear talks… It is a humanitarian issue”.

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