President Joe Biden and his administration have, yet again, failed to achieve a critical foreign policy objective — reviving the Iran nuke deal — as evidenced by a video from early November that just surfaced this week. However, he is adamant about not admitting it to the public.
He admitted another failed leadership attempt on Nov. 4, just before the midterms, in a semi-private conversation outside an Oceanside, California, campaign rally.
The Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was in question at the campaign event. A deal between the U.S. and several other world powers led Iran to dismantle much of its nuclear program and open its facilities to increased international inspections in 2015.
An attendee recorded Biden engaging the group before she said, “please announce the JCPOA is dead.”
Biden stated that he would not announce that “for a lot of reasons.” The president added, “It is dead, but we are not gonna announce it.”
In a just-surfaced video from early November, President Joe Biden is seen admitting that a revived version of the Obama-era JCPOA Iran nuke deal — one he'd been trying to negotiate with help from the Russians — was "dead."https://t.co/7I6trhXsgf
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She further indicated that she would not want Biden to enter into “any deals with the Mullahs” because “they don’t represent us.”
“I know they don’t represent you,” Biden replied. “But they will have a nuclear weapon that they’ll represent.”
He appears to understand that the country that gives weapons to Russia and kills women and girls on its streets isn’t likely to abide by any revived JCPOA.
It makes no sense for Biden to abandon negotiations with Iran if he has also abandoned attempts to negotiate with them. While negotiations were ongoing, Biden gave Iran a pass. Still, that excuse is gone, and he has no reason not to punish Iran for human rights abuses and assistance to Russia.
Former President Donald Trump trashed the deal during his tenure as president. Yet, Biden wanted Iran to be able to continue to enjoy the privileges usually reserved for non-terrorist countries. Also, after Russia invaded Ukraine and Iranian weapons were supplied to Russia for use against Ukrainians, Biden turned to Russia to negotiate with Iran on the U.S.’s behalf.
White House and State Department briefings stressed the importance of reaching a deal since Iran was getting close to developing nuclear weapons. Now Biden seems to have admitted the Iran nuclear deal is officially dead.