Iran's president blames US for stalled negotiations on nuclear deal

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has blamed the United States for stalled negotiations on reviving a 2015 deal on Tehran's nuclear program.

Raisi addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. It was his first visit to the US since taking office in August of last year.

He claimed that his country showed flexibility in its talks with the US, which pulled out of the nuclear deal in 2018 under then-president Donald Trump.

He accused the US of "repeating the same old stories of the past," which he said places a great deal of doubt on Washington's true commitment to returning to the deal.

He was apparently referring to US calls for Tehran to cooperate with International Atomic Energy Agency inspections following the discovery of nuclear materials in several undeclared locations in Iran in 2019 and 2020.

Raisi's address at the UN came amid growing protests in his country over the death of a woman who was arrested over how she wore her headscarf, or hijab, leading Western nations to express concerns.

He accused some governments of leaving human rights violations unaddressed, and rejected what he called "double standards."