Iran's Rouhani urges Biden to return to nuclear deal

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on Wednesday, has said the United States will rejoin the pact, which includes restrictions on Iran's nuclear work, if Tehran resumes strict compliance.

"Today, the ball is in the court of the United States and Washington to return and fulfill its obligations. Trump's political career has ended, but the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) is still alive," Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.

"All of his efforts to destroy JCPOA were unsuccessful," said Rouhani.

Tensions have grown between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when Trump quit the deal between Iran and six world powers that sought to limit Tehran's nuclear program and to prevent it developing atomic weapons. Washington reimposed sanctions that have badly hit Iran's economy.

Video Transcript

HASSAN ROUHANI: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

INTERPRETER: Today is the end of his unfortunate government. It's the end of one who, in his entire four-year term, produced no other fruit except oppression, corruption, and creating problems for his people and the nations of the world.

Today, the ball is in the court of the United States and Washington to return and fulfill its obligations. Trump's political career is ended, but the JCPOA is still alive. All of his efforts to destroy the JCPOA were unsuccessful, and he failed.