Biden lacks time to dodge Trump’s trap in Iran


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President Joe Biden and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Mandelungan / Getty Images

  • Despite calling for a return to Iran’s nuclear deal, President Joe Biden has not yet returned during his tenure.

  • The window of opportunity to revive the deal is closed, and Biden needs to act swiftly and boldly to clear the political trap set by Trump.

  • Emma Belcher is the president of the Plowshares Fund.

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The future of Iran’s nuclear deal is in balance, along with the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran or another Middle East war to thwart it.

The next few weeks will be decisive. To save the deal and renew America’s involvement in the world, President Joe Biden needs to act swiftly and boldly to get rid of the political trap set by President Donald Trump.

During the presidential campaign, Mr. Biden said the best way to avoid the surge in war in the Middle East is for the president to rejoin the agreement with Iran and build on it. Still, the administration has delayed Mark in its efforts to re-enter Iran’s nuclear deal created by Biden, closing the window of opportunity before the June Iranian election.

TheĀ· Current talks Progress in Vienna is welcome and is a sign that both sides are aware of high stakes and short time. But the drums of war are still beating.

Just this weekend, Israel reportedly attacked Iran’s major nuclear facilities, perhaps to retreat negotiations and Tehran’s nuclear program. This reminds us of how vulnerable this diplomatic process is and how important it is to successfully close negotiations before other hostile acts can stumble them.

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Former US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) will meet with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in 2016. Frank Franklin II / AP

Iran was in compliance with an agreement negotiated by the Obama Biden administration when Trump withdrew in 2018. Trump has crushed sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign that forces Tehran to return to the table for “better” deals.

Trump’s plan is “The biggest failure“It produced a predictable answer. Tehran soon began resuming its nuclear program, including concentrating uranium beyond the limits of trading. Iran was one bomb as Trump withdrew. The estimated time it takes to produce enough nuclear material has decreased slightly from 12 months to some.

As the LA Times put it“Without arrangements to limit Iran’s nuclear program, we would choose to see Iran approach its ability to make bombs or go to war to stop it.” Biden himself. word, “We have recklessly abandoned the policies that worked to keep America safe and replaced them with policies that exacerbated the threat,” Trump said.

The Trump administration not only reinstates economic sanctions in an agreement with Iran, but also malicious “Sanction wall,“It includes redundant terrorist sanctions whose sole purpose is to make it as difficult as possible for the Biden team to return to the nuclear agreement. To lift the sanctions required under the nuclear agreement, Biden has several “Sanctions” that must lift the so-called “terrorism”.

Don’t be shy about their dishonest sanctions, Trump officials Said Trump’s ally, Mark Dubowitz, said relisting existing nuclear sanctions under terrorism “makes it more difficult to reverse action.” Prompted Trump for his successor to implement sanctions that “could not be easily dismantled.”

The Biden team seems to understand that the Trump sanctions wall must be lowered.

State Department Spokesman Ned Price Said “We are ready to take the necessary steps to return to JCPOA compliance, including lifting sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA,” a journalist said on April 7.

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On February 20, 2020, the pharmacist will hand over a bag of medicine to a customer in a pharmacy in Tehran. Kabekazemi / Getty Images

Still, the Biden administration is, of course, reluctant to participate in this battle at the same time as doing many other things. Biden cannot afford to lose Democratic support for his agenda, especially in the 50-50 Senate.

Still, as Biden’s interim guidance on how the United States is involved in the world,[r]The strength of the seal is not bullying or bullying. That means leading in our values. “

And not only weakening Iran’s trade, but lifting malicious sanctions that hurt the most vulnerable people is undoubtedly in line with American values. Sanctions have hampered civil society’s ability to fight for human rights and democracy, disrupted the lives of ordinary Iranians, caused food insecurity, and restricted access to medicines and medical devices.

To make matters worse, these sanctions exacerbate the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, making it difficult for people affected by the pandemic to fight the virus.

In relation to Iran, the United States must be guided by empathy and shared humanity, and by protecting our national security interests.Along Dismantling sanctions Returning to the nuclear agreement, Basics To work more broadly on Iran’s problematic behavior in the region, helping Iranian civilians survive this dire pandemic.

President Joe Biden must put into practice his wonderful words about American strength and values. He needs to be as bold about Iran as his national policy, which has proposed proactive measures for pandemics, infrastructure, and energy.

This means spending political capital to lift dishonest Trump sanctions so that all parties can return to compliance. And he needs to act now before the diplomatic path is closed and another costly war in nuclear Iran and the Middle East is likely to occur, threatening the entire Biden agenda. It’s time for a fundamental approach to Iran that truly keeps Americans safe.

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