Dr. Majid Rafizadeh/Gatestone Institute: The EU and the Biden Administration Still Appeasing and Rewarding the Mullahs of Iran/د. ماجد رفي زاده من موقع معهد جيتستون : حتى اليوم، لا يزال الاتحاد الأوروبي وإدارة بايدن يسترضيان ويتملقان ويكافئان ملالي إيران

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د. ماجد رفي زاده / معهد جيتستون : حتى اليوم، لا يزال الاتحاد الأوروبي وإدارة بايدن يسترضيان ويتملقان ويكافئان ملالي إيران

The EU and the Biden Administration Still Appeasing and Rewarding the Mullahs of Iran
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh/Gatestone Institute/January 14/2023

The Obama-Biden administration had also kept the US Congress, the American people and US allies in the Middle East in the dark about what it was negotiating with the ruling mullahs of Iran. When Biden was vice president, the Obama administration made multiple secret deals with Iran’s mullahs.

“[T]he JCPOA was designed as an instrument to break pro-Israel Democrats, who represent what Obama saw as the most powerful of the internal constituencies that might oppose his reordering of the Democratic Party. That is, the real realignment [ostensibly with Iran] isn’t in the Middle East, which America is leaving anyway, but inside Obama’s own party.” — Lee Smith, Tablet, March 10, 2021.

The Obama-Biden administration kept the US Congress, the American people and US allies in the Middle East in the dark about the multiple secret deals it made with the ruling mullahs of Iran.

While the Iranian regime has become more belligerent, the European Union and the Biden administration are still attempting to restore the nuclear deal that will lift economic sanctions on Iran, empower and embolden the regime, enhance its global legitimacy and pave the way for what the US State Department has called the “world’s worst sponsor of state terrorism” to legally become a nuclear-armed state.

The Biden administration claimed that the nuclear deal was “off the table,” but regrettably this statement appears merely an attempt by the administration to keep Congress and the public in the dark, to let their guard down, about the revival of the nuclear deal with Iran. A few days after President Joe Biden claimed that the nuclear deal was dead, Robert Malley, the U.S. special envoy to Iran, revealed in interview with RFE/RL’s Radio Farda on December 22 that the nuclear deal is in fact not dead.

On December 20, 2022, the European Union’s head of foreign policy, Josep Borrell, met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian by the Dead Sea in Jordan, and stressed that the revival of the nuclear deal is an important step. According to Mehr News, Borrell said: “I still believe that when it comes to nuclear non-proliferation, there is no alternative to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Those who think otherwise simply fool themselves.”

Borrell added that he would “continue working towards restoring the JCPOA based on the results of the Vienna negotiations… I also stressed that bringing the JCPOA back to life does not happen in a strategic vacuum. It is part, a key part, of a broader picture.”

On January 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Unfortunately, contrary to the popular opinion that this dangerous nuclear agreement has been scrapped, despite the recent events in Iran, I think that this possibility has not yet been definitively removed from the [global] agenda… “Therefore, we will do everything to prevent the revival of this bad agreement that will lead to a nuclear Iran with international sponsorship… We will act powerfully and openly on the international front against the revival of the [Iranian] nuclear agreement.”

The Obama-Biden administration had also kept the US Congress, the American people and US allies in the Middle East in the dark about what it was negotiating with the ruling mullahs of Iran. When Biden was vice president, the Obama administration made multiple secret deals with Iran’s mullahs. One of these secret deals consisted of permitting the Iranian regime to have access to US dollars by sidestepping sanctions.

“The Obama administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran,” said Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who chaired the Senate panel conducting the investigation at the time.

In addition, the Obama-Biden administration secretly agreed to lift sanctions on several Iranian banks, including Bank Sepah and Sepah International. Another major concession was that the deal actually did pave the way for Iran legally to become a full-blown nuclear state. The JCPOA’s sunset clauses, which enshrined that commitment, had set a firm expiration date for restricting Iran’s nuclear program, after which the country would be free to have, legitimately, as many nuclear weapons as they like.