Iran hails end of ‘tyrant’ Trump, says ‘ball in America’s court’

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani yesterday hailed the White House departure of “tyrant” Donald Trump, saying that “the ball is in America’s court” to return to a landmark nuclear deal and lift sanctions on Tehran.

Trump left office making way United States (US) President Joe Biden, whose team has signalled a willingness to return to dialogue with Tehran.

A “tyrant’s era came to an end and today is the final day of his ominous reign”, Rouhani said in televised remarks to his Cabinet.

He labelled Trump “someone for whom all of his four years bore no fruit other than injustice and corruption and causing problems for his own people and the world”.

During his presidency, Trump led a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, pulling Washington out of a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran in 2018 and re-imposing punishing sanctions.

The sanctions targetted Iran’s vital oil sales and international banking ties, plunging its economy into a deep recession.

The nuclear deal, agreed between major powers and Iran in 2015 when Biden was vice president under Barack Obama, imposed clear limits on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. PHOTO: AP