US President Joe Biden said the US would not lift economic sanctions against Iran in order to bring Tehran back to the negotiating table to discuss reviving an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.
The president said this in an interview recorded on Friday with CBS News, a traditional interview ahead of the Super Bowl. Interview excerpts were shown on Sunday.
Biden replied in the negative when asked if the US would be the first to lift sanctions to bring Iran back to the negotiating table. At the same time, the president made it clear that Iran must first stop work on uranium enrichment in excess of the limits established by the agreement.
The excerpt from the interview shown on Sunday also contains President Biden’s response to a question about US-China relations. The President noted that there are many issues that he will have to discuss with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. He also stressed that the competition between the United States and China should not become a conflict.
This interview with CBS News Correspondent Nora O’Donnell is President Biden’s first TV interview since his inauguration. The conversation, recorded ahead of the Super Bowl, was about more than politics. According to Biden, in his youth, his dream was not to become president, but to play in the NFL.
The President spoke warmly of Tampa Bay Buccaneers captain Tom Brady and praised the potential of his opponent, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
When O’Donnell asked who, in his opinion, will win the match, the president replied: “I don’t know who will win. I think they are both excellent quarterbacks. “