After the apparent failure of its efforts to prevent a Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration appears intent on adding another flawed nuclear deal with Iran to its global vulnerability, said Schilman Schilman Fellow for Journalism at the American Gatestone Institute.
The White House must understand that the refusal of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to even talk to Biden on a similarly vital issue is a direct result of their flawed approach to the Iran deal, which if it continues in its current form will be another nail in the hole. the coffin. of the Biden presidency.
Negotiations in Vienna to revive the nuclear deal are said to be nearing completion, with a new deal likely to be announced in the coming weeks.
Indeed, while Iranian and Western officials signal the nearness of a deal, the only remaining hurdle appears to be Russia’s last-minute demand for sanctions relief for Moscow in future trade deals with Tehran.
Western negotiators pointed out that Moscow, which was fully involved in the negotiations, was actually supporting Iran to resist US pressure, to push the US to make concessions. But Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine complicated matters.
The West has responded by imposing tough sanctions on Moscow that will affect any future trade deals it might strike with Tehran, after a new nuclear deal is struck.
Essentially, Washington said it had no intention of easing sanctions. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted during a visit to Tehran this week that Moscow receive “written guarantees” from Washington.
“It is included in the text of the agreement itself on the resumption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program,” he added.
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If true, it would be further evidence of the Biden administration’s desperation to strike a new deal with Tehran, even if it means making nasty concessions on Iran’s nuclear activities.
Recent assessments of Iran’s progress in its uranium enrichment program certainly make bleak reading.
After Iran abandoned its commitments to limit uranium enrichment at the end of 2020, the Iranian regime is now estimated to have enough enriched uranium for four nuclear warheads.
Additionally, the Revolutionary Guard demonstrated further development of its ballistic missile capabilities by launching a second satellite into space earlier this month.
The United States insists the satellite launch violates a Security Council resolution, while intelligence experts believe Iran’s space program is being used to develop nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Unprecedented levels of risk
To be sure, Iran’s growing enriched uranium stockpiles and further development of its missile program have become matters of deep concern among Western officials involved in the Vienna talks.
They don’t seem to know what to do, with Corinne Kitzel, Britain’s permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, noting: “Iran has continued to advance its nuclear program through the development of its enriched uranium reserves and activities that provide irreversible knowledge gains. Iran’s nuclear program has never been so advanced “To this extent, it exposes the international community to unprecedented levels of risk.”
All indications, however, are that the Biden administration is unlikely to hold Tehran accountable for its blatant disregard of the nuclear deal and will instead push to secure a new deal anyway, given skyrocketing international energy prices. as a result of the Ukraine crisis.
Washington’s top priority now is to lift sanctions on Iran so the regime can produce oil to lower fuel prices before midterm elections on November 8.
Coughlin asserted that Biden’s problem is that if he does not address the very real threat posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Biden will simply lead to further erosion of America’s global power status.
Biden’s refusal to confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions has caused tension with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two oil-producing countries that previously enjoyed close ties to Washington.
His discontent with the behavior of the Biden administration was reflected in the refusal of the leaders of the two countries to contact the US president to discuss the global energy crisis.
Coughlin added that the White House must understand that the refusal of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to even talk to Biden on a similarly vital issue is a direct result of their flawed approach to the Iran deal, which if it continues in its current form will be another nail. in the coffin of the Biden presidency.