On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called out President Biden for continuing the Trump administration’s policies and the economic warfare against Iran.
Rouhani said Iran has “been facing an economic terrorism since three years ago.” He said what Trump did to Iran was more of a “war” than just sanctions and that Biden “continues committing his crimes.”
After Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, he imposed an enormous number of sanctions on the Islamic Republic that have decimated the economy and increased the suffering of the Iranian people.
While the US and Iran are currently in indirect talks to revive the JCPOA, the Biden administration has maintained the sanctions and is using them as leverage, similar to Trump’s policy, known as the “maximum pressure campaign.” The Biden administration also refuses to lift all of the Trump-era sanctions, forcing Iran to negotiate limited sanctions relief.
Biden continuing Trump’s policies is not unique to Iran. During his term, Trump slapped sanctions on Venezuela and Syria that essentially put the countries under embargo. He also reversed the Obama administration’s efforts towards normalization with Cuba, reimposing sanctions and a terrorism designation. None of these countries have been given any sanctions relief since Biden came into office, and the US economic warfare continues.