Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a virtual meeting with three European foreign ministers, to whom he pointed out that the 2015 nuclear deal “was a key achievement of multilateral diplomacy.”
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif assured on Friday that the first step the United States has to take is to lift “unconditionally and effectively all sanctions.”
“The United States unconditionally and effectively lifts all sanctions imposed, reimposed or relabeled by (former President Donald) Trump. Then we will immediately reverse all corrective measures,” he stressed on his official Twitter account.
The U.S. Secretary of State’s statements somewhat contradict the most recent ones by President Biden, who stated that the “sine qua non” condition for him to authorize his emissaries to negotiate a new nuclear deal and lift sanctions on Iran, is that the Persian regime completely stops its uranium enrichment program.
Journalist Nora O’Donnell asked him, “Is the U.S. going to lift sanctions first to get Iran back to the negotiating table?” The President replied, “No.” O’Donnell cross-examined. “Do they have to stop enriching uranium first?” Biden nodded in agreement.
Iran currently enriches its uranium inventories to about 4.5 percent. The figure is above the 3.67 % limit imposed by the 2015 pact with world powers. The Persian regime began to default on its obligations in 2019 in retaliation for the U.S. exit a year earlier from the pact and its reimposition of sanctions.
It should also be recalled that recently Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, admitted that the Persian regime “could move” toward seeking to develop nuclear weapons.
Alavi said this in a threatening tone; presumably as a warning against the continuation of international sanctions, and hours after Biden announced that he will not remove sanctions unless the Iranian regime stops enriching uranium.
In an article for the New York Post, Michael Goodwin explains that the terms of the Obama-Biden Administration nuclear deal negotiated by John Kerry “were a surrender that paved the way for the mullahs to receive nuclear weapons in due course.”
Goodwin added that the deal was so bad that international sanctions were lifted and Obama returned unfrozen Iranian funds, many of which went to fund terrorism in the region. Despite this, Biden has already invited Iran to join the deal and brought Kerry back for another round that could be a failure.
CNN analyst David Bittan agrees with Goodwin. He assures that “returning to the nuclear deal without a privileged negotiating position that allows for tight control over Iran would be a mistake.”
Iran expects Biden to surrender at its feet
Joseph Humire, hemispheric security analyst and director of the Center for Free and Secure Society Studies told El American that “Iran is looking to bounce back and sees in Biden an opportunity it can exploit to its advantage.”
The Trump administration successfully managed to weaken the Iranian regime not only with sanctions, but with diplomacy, intelligence and military surgical operations. A situation that could change under Biden.
“Right now what Biden has to understand is that there is no need to have talks with Iran because now the cards are in the hands of the United States. When you have the upper hand you don’t start the conversation.”Joseph Humire
Humire added that before returning to any nuclear agreement with Iran, the United States must set clear conditions, because if Biden loses the advantage achieved by Trump, he would be “condemning the Middle East to a very dangerous period.”
“It is very dangerous because the Arab countries have a sense of calm that Iran is no longer going to bother, and if these countries see that Biden is not going to take action, they will do it on their own and that worries me because, even though these countries are allies, many of them are not democratic either,” he added.
Humire recalled that when Obama entered into the agreement, it was Iran that set the conditions, which included a refusal to discuss human rights, terrorism or its missile programs. He added that under the nuclear agreement agreed by the Obama administration, Iran made progress in developing its weapons programs. The analyst fears that the Persian regime will regain strength.
“The way in which that agreement was reached with Obama was very bad and irresponsible, with many loopholes, handing over many privileges to Iran and taking very little advantage and without any guarantee (…) If Biden wants to retake that agreement, he has to do better than in previous years, because the last one only led to more failures”, he stated.