The Biden administration seems hell-bent on destroying the leverage the US holds over Iran with regards to the nuclear situation.
The Biden administration has announced that it is willing to begin talks with Iran again: “In addition to signaling a willingness to talk with Iran, the administration also reversed Trump’s determination that all U.N. sanctions against Iran had been restored,” The Associated Press reported. “And, it eased stringent restrictions on the domestic travel of Iranian diplomats posted to the United Nations.”
The State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said the administration would “accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program.”
National security expert, Tim Morrison said; “The Biden Administration is repeating the mistakes of the Obama Administration.” “It’s making concessions to get nothing more than a meeting. The Iran deal was dangerously flawed in 2015. In 2021, with key provisions expired, it’s simply national security malpractice to return to that deal. The Trump Administration bequeathed Biden tremendous leverage over Iran—it must not squander it.”
Former CIA Director Mike Pompeo slammed the Biden administration over their willingness for talks.
“The Ayatollah understands only strength,” Pompeo said. “I led the response to the Iranian threat that protected the American people from its terror and supported the Jewish state of Israel. Adopting the European Union model of accommodation will guarantee Iran a path to a nuclear arsenal.”
Republican Rep. Michael McCaul said in a statement, “It is concerning the Biden Administration is already making concessions in an apparent attempt to re-enter the flawed Iran deal.”
“The Trump Administration created leverage for President Biden on Iran–we should not squander that,” McCaul continued. “We need to secure a better deal that keeps the American people safe from the full range of Iran’s malign threats. The Biden [admin] must prioritize bipartisanship and stick to their assurance not to re-enter the deal until Iran comes back into full compliance with the JCPOA.”
Rep. McCaul, top GOP rep on House Foreign Affairs: “It is concerning the Biden Administration is already making concessions in an apparent attempt to re-enter the flawed Iran deal. The Trump Administration created leverage for President Biden on Iran–we should not squander that"
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) February 18, 2021
“Iran takes cheating on the nuclear deal to the next level, fires rockets at Americans in Erbil just days ago, then threatens to keep nuclear inspectors out, and how does Biden respond? Absolutely chokes,” Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs told The Daily Wire. “And what a disastrous message to be sending to adversaries the world over.”