TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdollahian has hit back at U.S. President Joe Biden for trying to impose Washington’s one-sided views through accusations and sanctions, saying Iran’s dynamic initiatives have kept the window of diplomacy open.
“If window of diplomacy is still open, that’s because of Iran’s dynamic initiatives,” Amirabdollahian said in a post on his Twitter account on Monday.
“@POTUS cannot impose U.S.’ one-sided views through accusation & sanction. Diplomacy is not a one-way street,” he added.
Biden claimed in an opinion piece published Saturday by The Washington Post that Iran had been diplomatically isolated during his 18 months in office.
“With respect to Iran, we reunited with allies and partners in Europe and around the world to reverse our isolation; now it is Iran that is isolated until it returns to the nuclear deal my predecessor abandoned with no plan for what might replace it,” he said.
Biden also boasted over a U.S.-led vote against Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors on June 8.
“My administration will continue to increase diplomatic and economic pressure until Iran is ready to return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, as I remain prepared to do so,” he wrote.
“Reaching final agreement needs U.S.’ acceptance of realities, flexibility & initiatives,” Amir-Abdollahian responded.
Last week, the U.S. government imposed new sanctions on individuals and entities which it has accused of helping to deliver and sell Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products to East Asia.