The Biden administration is looking to its European allies as it tried to get Iran to return to the bargaining table to being back up the 2015 nuclear deal that was inked by the Obama administration. The original deal was abandoned by the Trump administration after accusing Iran of failing to uphold its end to limit its own nuclear capabilities.
Experts believe that Iran never truly complied with the deal as its boundaries were set in place under the Obama administration, and the Trump administration dropped the deal in order to reimpose sanctions on the religious dictatorship back in 2018.
“This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” former President Donald Trump stated about the seven-nation deal at the time. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”
Iran stated that it would remain bound, along with the five other nations involved in the deal-making process, by the agreement. However, in the summer of 2019 Iran “broke a key limit set by the nuclear deal for the first time days ago, stockpiling more low-enriched uranium than it is allowed to,” reported The Hill, and then doubled down on its failure to honor the deal’s stipulations by looking to increase its “level of enrichment of its uranium.” This was seen by some to bring Iran closer to a nuclear weapon.
“Under the 2015 nuclear accord, sometimes referred to by the acronym of its official name, JCPOA, Iran was allowed to keep no more than 300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium. The deal was negotiated by the Obama administration and co-signed by England, Germany, France, China, and Russia,” The Hill stated back in 2019. “The international organization that monitors Iran’s compliance with the deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency, confirmed later Monday that Iran had broken the stockpile limit.”
The State Department now wants to restart the negotiations with Iran, even though Iran is now very much further along the path to the creation of nuclear weapons than it was back in 2015. Iran is not interested in coming back to the bargaining table, either to limit its own nuclear ideals or to limit Irani influence in the Middle East, both of which the Biden administration states that it wants to discuss at a nuclear negotiation.
Reuters reports that Iran’s envoy in the United Nations has stated on Twitter that Iran has no plans whatsoever to rejoin any agreements with the United States unless they remove all economic sanctions in unison versus gradually as the Biden admin has offered.
“The US has so far failed to honor @POTUS campaign promise to rejoin the JCPOA. So this opportunity shouldn’t be wasted,” the envoy stated. “If US lifts all sanctions, Iran will then cease all remedial measures.”
Also on social media, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council leader was much clearer in saying that Iran has zero plans to renegotiate its positions. even if the United States planned to unilaterally lift all sanctions.