Iran President Hassan Rouhani is openly demanding reparations from the United States under a new Biden administration.
“The next U.S. administration should use the opportunity to make up for past mistakes,” said Rouhani Sunday.
Joe Biden, who is projected by several news outlets to be the next U.S. President has expressed intentions to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal established during the Obama Administration and from which President Trump withdrew in May 2018.
Biden has on many occasions stated that he believes U.S. recommitment to the JCPOA will allow for further negotiations with Iran to take place, but Iran’s regime has expressed no intention of reducing its nuclear capacity or ballistic missile program beyond the terms of the original nuclear deal.
While Rouhani is seeking reparations for past actions taken by the Trump administration, with pending litigation and various allegations of voter fraud, it remains uncertain whether Rouhani will be negotiating with a Trump or Biden administration over the next four years.
Regardless of who is president, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claims Iranian policy will not change.
Within the Islamic Republic’s power structure, Khamenei holds the greatest political authority.
Presidential elections in Iran will take place in June 2021, and Rouhani, who has already served the maximum two terms, will leave office.
Rouhani received criticism from hardliners for his failure to establish a successful nuclear deal, and some predict the next Iranian president may pursue a more hardline policy agenda.