Iran officials demand fines if US pulls out of nuclear deal again: report

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Iranian officials will demand a penalty from the US if it ever withdraws from the nuclear deal to prevent a repeat of former President Trump’s move that severely crippled the country’s economy.

“Here, once again, the Iranian regime is in charge,” Lisa Daftari, editor-in-chief of the Foreign Desk, told Fox News Digital. “They are demanding everything and the kitchen sink as part of the latest round of nuclear talks, and they want to make sure the US doesn’t back down once they sign a deal designed and demanded by the mullahs.”

“It shows how effective Trump’s pressure campaign has been when the mullahs fear a similar situation if a new president comes into office,” she added. “They know their time is limited under a Biden administration that will go to great lengths to reach an agreement.”

The US and Iran have been locked in close negotiations over the past 16 months to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. Iran’s foreign minister on Monday indicated that several issues require additional attention before the two nations can reach a final deal — including adding a fail-safe penalty payment should the US pull out of the deal again.

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The US has labeled Iran’s demands “alien” and insists whatever can be negotiated has already been done, Reuters reported.

A group of anti-Iran protesters gather during a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) meeting in Vienna, Austria, April 15, 2021.
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“The only way to achieve a mutual return to JCPOA compliance is for Iran to drop further unacceptable demands that go beyond the scope of the JCPOA,” said US State Department spokesman Ned Price. “We have long dismissed these demands as irrelevant.”

Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo withdrew from the deal in 2018, replacing the deal with tough sanctions on the energy, shipping and financial sectors, according to the BBC, which plunged the Iranian economy into recession in 2019.

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President Biden wanted to revive the deal to halt Iran’s meteoric quest for a nuclear weapon — something US officials are beginning to fear is only a matter of months or even weeks.

But Iran has not shown much willingness to resume the deal, which would only slow progress toward nuclear capabilities rather than halting it entirely.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei presents his official seal of approval to newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi in a confirmation ceremony August 5, 2021 in Tehran, Iran.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei presents his official seal of approval to newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi in a confirmation ceremony August 5, 2021 in Tehran, Iran.
(Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran/AP)

Tehran has expressed reservations about a US commitment to the deal after Trump’s exit from the previous one and will seek to add a penalty payment, while the US has demanded that Iran end its assassination campaign against former Trump officials, including Mike Pompeo, John hires Bolton and even Trump himself, the Foreign Desk website reported.

Other demands Iran has made in order to proceed with the deal include that the US remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from its list of foreign terrorist organizations (FTO).

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The IRGC has reportedly placed bounties on the heads of former Trump officials, including a $1 million bounty on Pompeo.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, right, attends a news conference with Josep Borell, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Tehran, June 25, 2022.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, right, attends a news conference with Josep Borell, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Tehran, June 25, 2022.
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The bounties and assassinations prompted some critics to call for the US to pull out of the deal entirely after Salman Rushdie survived a near-fatal attack last week. A man rushed onto the stage in Chautauqua, New York, where the Indian-born author was preparing to speak and stabbed him multiple times, including in the neck.

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Former Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini fatwaed Rushdie for publishing his book The Satanic Verses, with a semi-official Iranian religious organization later putting a $3.3 million bounty on Rushdie’s head .

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