In a telling press conference, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani accused some hardliners of sabotaging efforts to lift U.S. sanctions, saying that the government has the capability to bring the sanctions to an end.
The statement comes as Iran is preparing for elections. The new US administration has been accused of its weak approach to Iranian hostility which Tehran is capitalizing on in renegotiating itself back to uranium enrichment.
So far, Iran and the Biden administration are at loggerheads over which side should move first to revive the agreement, with Tehran demanding Washington first lift sanctions and Washington calling on Tehran first to resume compliance with the deal.
Rohani’s close ally Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said this week that unless progress is made soon on restoring the nuclear deal, diplomacy would be halted for months by Iran’s presidential election scheduled for June 18.