Will A New Iran Nuclear Deal Be Biden’s Next Folly?
PNW - While the media are decrying and dissecting President Biden's catastrophe in Afghanistan, his Middle East staff are frantically trying to lure the Islamic Republic into the administration's next adventure--a new Iran deal.
Now, even more so because of its Afghanistan blunder, Team Biden feels extreme pressure to pull out a foreign policy success. President Obama was operating under similar pressure to perform when he rammed through the ill-begotten Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, in 2015.
Meanwhile, on Aug. 17, while all eyes were on Kabul, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. atomic watchdog, released a report that detailed how Iran has accelerated its enrichment of uranium to near weapons-grade, posing the greatest threat to global security in a generation.
This dangerous development is merely the latest of Iran breaching the restrictions imposed by the JCPOA, which capped at 3.7 percent the purity to which Tehran can refine uranium. Iran has now enriched uranium to 60 percent, leaving it just 30 percent shy of weapons-grade material.
Unfortunately and bafflingly, despite this massive breach of Iran's commitments as a member of the 1995 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)--as well as numerous violations of the JCPOA starting from day one--the U.S. administration still appears to believe that Iran can be a reasonable partner in honest negotiations.
In 2018, the Trump administration pulled out of the JCPOA, citing Iran's multiple breaches of the agreement, its consistent lies to the international community and its violent aggression in the region--mainly through its terrorist proxies in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. However, since April 2021, the deal's remaining signatories--France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, the European Union and Iran, plus a U.S. delegation--have been holding fruitless negotiations in Vienna in the face of Iranian obstinacy.
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