Iran tells the Biden administration ‘no,’ tells China ‘yes’

Iran is now following China’s lead by playing hardball with the Biden administration.

According to a report from the Jerusalem Post, Iran has defeated President Joe Biden’s plans to quickly end the rising nuclear threat presented by the rogue nation, declaring that it will not put an end to its uranium enrichment program until the Biden administration lifts all economic sanctions placed on the country by the Trump administration. 

The outlet reports: “Iran said that it will not stop its 20% uranium enrichment before the U.S. lifts all sanctions, Iranian state TV quoted an unnamed official as saying in reaction to the U.S. media report that Washington would offer a new proposal to jump-start talks.”

Background

According to Breitbart, the “U.S. media report” that was referred to above is likely the report published by Politico on Monday.

According to that report, the Biden administration is looking to make a deal with Iran in order to start negotiations that could lead to another agreement like former President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal.

The outlet reported that “the proposal asks Iran to halt some of its nuclear activities, such as work on advanced centrifuges and the enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity, in exchange for some relief from U.S. economic sanctions, said one of the people, who stressed that the details are still being worked out.”

But, it now appears that Iran rejected that proposal before the Biden administration even got a chance to formally make it.

Iran, in fact, has rejected several such attempts to restart negotiations since President Joe Biden has taken office, making it clear that it will only do so if its conditions are met.

Iran and China team up

In related news, the New York Times published a report this week indicating that Iran and China have signed a 25-year “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” that involves, among other things, joint research, military cooperation, and intelligence sharing.

“The deal could deepen China’s influence in the Middle East and undercut American efforts to keep Iran isolated,” the Times reports.

According to the Wall Street Journal, one way it may do so is by opening up an Iran-China bank that “could help Tehran evade U.S. sanctions that have effectively barred it from global banking systems.” This may help to explain the stance that Iran has recently taken with the Biden administration.

China, however, has dismissed such ideas.

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