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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Iran is not trying to create nuclear weapons and has nothing to hide.

“We have nothing to hide. Iran does not seek to develop nuclear weapons. The decision is based on sound geopolitical facts and religious and moral grounds… and that decision stands without any ifs or buts”, Zarif told a local news outlet on Monday.

Zarif also noted that Iran’s steps on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), taken after the US withdrawal, are reversible.

“All our steps are reversible. The United States must return to the deal and lift all sanctions. The US is addicted to sanctions but they should know that Iran will not yield to pressure”, he said.

At the same time, the Zarif stressed that talks between Iran and the US are only possible if all sides fulfill their obligations under the accord, accusing President Joe Biden of maintaining the previous administration’s “maximum pressure” policy against Iran.

“Nothing has changed. Biden claims that Trump’s policy of maximum pressure was a maximum failure.But for all practical purposes, they are pursuing the same policy,” he said. “Therefore, with Iran pressure does not work, and maximum pressure’, in their own words, has led to ‘maximum failure.'”