The Trump Administration’s increased sanctions have put Iran’s economy in a tightening chokehold. In its latest plea, The regime is asking that the U.S. remove sanctions in exchange for a return to the nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). A government spokesman shared this Wednesday in an interview with Iranian State TV, according to Reuters.
“If the sanctions are ended and there is a return to the (nuclear) accord, there is room for giving reassurances toward breaking the deadlock and the President (Hassan Rouhani) has even a proposal for small changes in the accord,” the spokesman, Ali Rabiei, said on state TV.
The Trump Administration has expressed very little faith in Iran’s ability to comply with the parameters of the 2015 deal. That’s why the U.S. withdrew in May, 2018. Since then, the Trump Administration has been implementing crippling sanctions against the regime.
I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
This week, President Trump and President Hassan Rouhani attended the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The two had no plans to meet. In an interview with Fox News‘s Chris Wallace Tuesday, President Rouhani said he would only meet with President Trump if there’s “mutual trust.” Moreover, President Rouhani labeled the Trump Administrations sanctions “a type of terrorism.”
“We had an agreement. Mr. Trump exited without a valid justification, and illegally, from an international agreement,” said President Rouhani, “So, if the United States of America’s government is willing to talk, it must create the needed conditions.”
This month, Israel confirmed the discovery of a secret nuclear stockpile in Iran. It’s not the first time.