Iran issued a double challenge to Joe Biden on Saturday, January 9, just over a week before the inauguration of the new U.S. president.
Tehran said UN nuclear inspectors would be expelled if sanctions were not lifted by Feb. 21, while the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) staged a naval show of force in the Persian Gulf.
Recall that in November the Iranian Parliament passed a law obliging the government to stop inspections of its nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The law establishes the obligation to increase uranium enrichment beyond the limit set by Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal if sanctions are not eased.
Iran’s Guardian Council watchdog approved the law Dec. 2, and the government has said it will implement it
“According to the law, if the Americans do not lift financial, banking and oil sanctions by Feb. 21, we will definitely send IAEA inspectors out of the country,” MP Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani said Saturday.