Iran warned Biden against discussing missile program

Iran warned Biden against discussing missile program

Iran is not going to negotiate on its missile program with the new US administration. President Hassan Rouhani said.

“America has been trying for months to include the missile program (on the agenda of nuclear negotiations), but all these attempts were rejected by us (…). And Mr. Biden is well aware of that,” Rouhani warned during a news conference.

Instead, Tehran is demanding that the U.S. adjust its policies toward Iran by lifting sanctions and repairing the economic damage inflicted on the country by its withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

In early December, Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden, who presumably won the U.S. presidential election, said that he planned to bring Washington back into the Iranian nuclear agreement, the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He also said he planned to negotiate and conclude follow-up agreements with Iran that would “tighten and extend restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, as well as address its missile program.”

On November 3, another presidential election was held in the United States. According to media estimates, Joe Biden won the number of electoral votes necessary for victory and beat incumbent leader Donald Trump. Biden has already declared himself president-elect of the United States.

In 2018, the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA, which dealt with Iran’s nuclear program, and imposed sanctions on Tehran. Trump called on the guarantor countries of the Iran nuclear deal to refuse to continue supporting the current agreement.