Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke out on Thursday to boast that his country will be much better off with Joe Biden in office.
Rouhani went so far as to say that he has “no doubt” that Biden will “bow” to Iran and return to the Obama-era nuclear deal that was signed in 2015. President Donald Trump backed the United States out of the deal in 2018 and has been tough on Iran ever since, but that is apparently all about to change when Biden takes office.
“I have no doubt that the heroic national resistance of Iran is going to compel the future U.S. government to bow … and the sanctions will be broken,” Rouhani said, according to The Washington Post.
This came one day after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed interest in working with Biden if it meant U.S. sanctions would be lifted.
“If the sanctions can be lifted in a correct, wise, Iranian-Islamic, and dignified manner, this should be done,” he said in a televised address. “But our main focus should be on neutralizing the sanctions, and the initiative for this is in your hands. The lifting of sanctions is in the hands of the enemy, but nullifying them is in our hands.”
Iranian leaders have good reason to feel this way, given the fact that Biden made it clear on the campaign trail that he would want to restore friendlier diplomatic relations with the country if he was elected president.
“If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations,” Biden wrote in a CNN op-ed back in September.
President Trump has repeatedly criticized the Iran Deal, which Biden helped facilitate as president. At various times, Trump has referred to the deal as the “worst deal ever,” “laughable,” and “defective at its core.”
Days after the presidential election last month, Rouhani warned that the next president must prepare to surrender to Iran.
“The U.S. government has no option but to give in to the law, the pressure of public opinion, and the resistance from the great Iranian nation,” reported the Tasnim News Agency.
“Our nation would not buckle under the pressures,” Rouhani continued.
“We can overcome the enemies and force them to resume honoring the law and regulations.”
— Iran (@Iran) November 5, 2020