Iran celebrates Biden win, calls for return to Iran nuclear deal

Iran couldn’t be happier with the prospect of a Joe Biden presidency.

The regime is looking forward to “golden days” as they anticipate the return of a softer policy from the United States, according to Harvard political scientist Majid Rafizadeh.

Columnist: Iran looks forward to “golden days” with Biden

In a column at the Gatestone Institute, Rafizadeh, also president of the International American Council on the Middle East, argues that Iran is looking forward to the return of the practically defunct Iran deal and an end to Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy.

Rafizadeh notes that Iranian officials and newspapers have hailed news of Trump’s defeat, while the nation’s president Hassan Rouhani has already called on Biden to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear treaty.

“President Rouhani has already called for restoring the nuclear deal. It could well be a loss for continuing peace in the region and for finally restoring the violated Iranian people’s hoped-for human rights,” he writes.

Donald Trump slammed the Iran nuclear deal as the “worst deal ever” on the campaign trail in 2016, and as president, he went on to pursue a “maximum pressure” policy that saw America withdraw from the controversial Iran deal, slap economically punishing sanctions on the hostile regime, and terminate one of Iran’s top generals.

“The last three years has indeed been a nightmare for the Iranian regime and its proxies. No U.S. administration before the current one has imposed such a draconian pressure on the mullahs, their rogue state and their allies,” Rafizadeh writes.

Return of Iran deal?

Republicans have long considered the Obama-era Iran deal, which lifted sanctions in exchange for limits on Iran’s uranium, a dangerous concession to a terrorist regime. The treaty is practically dead after Iran pulled away from its remaining commitments amid tensions with America, which reached a peak in January with a deadly strike on Qassem Soleimani.

Democrats slammed the strike and Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal as reckless, and Joe Biden has said he would seek to return to the Iran deal, in line with Iran’s president. 

“Now, an opportunity has come up for the next U.S. administration to compensate for past mistakes and return to the path of complying with international agreements through respect of international norms,” Rouhani said, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

Rafizadeh credits Trump’s policy with straining Iran’s ability to support terrorism, something he fears will be undone under Biden.

“Now, the regime feels that all of the current administration’s pressures will be lifted soon and the golden days will be back again.”

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