DUBAI: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Friday that his country is not in a hurry for the United States to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal, but he insisted that the sanctions must be lifted immediately.
“We are not insisting nor in a hurry for the US to return to the deal,” Khamenei said in live televised remarks.
“But what is logical is our demand, is the lifting of the sanctions,” he added.
He likewise said that a reconciliation with the West will not bring stability to region.
Tehran’s presence in the region brings stability, aimed at strengthening ties with ‘friends’, Khamenei said.
Khamenei also banned the government from importing new coronavirus vaccines from the United States and Britain.
Importing vaccines made in the US or the UK is prohibited. They're completely untrustworthy. It's not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations. Given our experience with France's HIV-tainted blood supplies, French vaccines aren't trustworthy either. #CoronaVaccine
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) January 8, 2021
“Imports of US and British vaccines into the country are banned. I have told this to officials and I’m saying it publicly now,” Khamenei said in live televised speech.
“If the Americans were able to produce a vaccine, they would not have such a coronavirus fiasco in their own country,” he said.