Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized the United Nations’ decision to deprive Tehran of its voting rights in the Assembly due to arrears, saying the UN ignores the fact that U.S. sanctions had prevented Iran from paying even for food.
"We're not even at the stage of returning to compliance for compliance," Blinken said. "We don't know if that's actually going to happen."Full Story
The Iranian diplomat Zarif recalled that his country cannot pay the UN membership fees due to U.S. illegal and unilateral sanctions.
According to senior Iranian budget officials, government spending in the healthcare sector has increased by six times in just eight years to over $6 billion.
Officials from Iran, Russia, and China met in Vienna on Monday to discuss an agreement, an unprecedented understanding from the Obama-era torn apart by Donald Trump. U.S. President Joe Biden wants to return to the deal by imposing conditions on Iran first.
Besides holding university degrees, the presidential candidates profess the Islamic religion and have no criminal records.
Additional negotiation pressures: three-month agreement expired Saturday
The Iranian foreign affairs minister said the only path to peace is the holding of a referendum among all Palestinian residents, displaced persons, and refugees.
The two countries cut bilateral ties in 2016 over scandals around the execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia and Riyadh's claims of Iran's meddling in the domestic affairs of regional powers, including the kingdom's.
This is Iran's foremost condition to resume compliance with 2015's nuclear pact.
Iranians say preliminary agreement reached after a month of negotiations in Viena.