Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has ruled out a meeting with Joe Biden on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this week, saying he saw no “change in reality” from the government. Trump administration.
Raisi underscored his government’s tough stance and dampened hopes that a week of UNGA summits in New York could advance negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. Washington has dismissed Iran’s latest positive negotiation as “unconstructive,” and most observers believe there won’t be a breakthrough at least until the US congressional elections in November.
Asked about the CBS news program 60 Minutes when he would be ready to meet Biden in New York, Raisi replied: “No. I don’t think such a meeting takes place. I don’t think having a meeting or a conversation with him will be beneficial.
Both Raisi and Biden are expected to address the UNGA on Wednesday morning.
On comparisons between the Biden administration, which resumed talks on restoring the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA) and the Trump White House, which pulled the US out of the deal in 2018, triggering its subsequent denouement, Raisi was candid.
“The new administration in the United States, they claim they are different from the Trump administration. They told us in their messages. But we haven’t seen any change in reality,” he said in an interview that was to air on Sunday evening.
Efforts to reinstate the JCPOA, through which Iran severely curtailed its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, have stalled in part because Iran is seeking guarantees that any deal will not be rolled back. by Biden’s successor, who could be Trump himself.
Raisi will arrive in New York in a week. The regime’s human rights record is the subject of particular attention. Thirty Iranians have been injured, some seriously, in protests after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurd, was killed three days after her arrest and allegedly beaten by vice police in Tehran.