It looks as though the Iran nuke deal, according to President Joe Biden’s own words, is “dead.”
The revelation of Biden’s thoughts on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) came about in a recently surfaced video that originated on Nov. 4. Biden can be heard announcing the status of the deal, according to Breitbart.
Former President Donald Trump ended the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal in 2018, sparking waves of both support and backlash from home and abroad.
Critics of the deal said that it would have eventually led to Iran advancing its nuclear weapons programs, which would open a whole new can of proverbial worms, especially for America’s allies in the region, like Israel.
What did he say?
“President Biden, would you please announce that the JCPOA is dead?” a woman in a group of Iranian Americans can be heard asking the president.
The president, at first, responded with a loud “no,” but after the group of Iranian Americans pressed him further on the issue and asked why, he added, “for a lot of reasons.”
President Biden asked if he will announced the Iran deal is dead by Iranian Americans:
“It is dead but we’re not gonna announce it”
— Emily Schrader – אמילי שריידר امیلی شریدر (@emilykschrader) December 20, 2022
“It is dead but we’re not going to announce it,” before adding that it’s a “long story.”
“We just don’t want any deals with the mullahs, they don’t represent us,” one of the Iranian American women can be heard saying, before the president responded, “I know they don’t represent you, but they will have a nuclear weapon that they will represent.”
“Not worth the relief”
Jason Brodsky, policy director of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) told Newsweek that the president’s comments in the video regarding the nuke deal “are a reflection of reality.” Brodsky added that he believes the deal “has been dead for some time.”
👴🇺🇸: In televised comments to a supporter, Joe Biden appeared to say “the Iran deal is dead, but we’re not going to announce it for various reason”.
Well, forget “appeared”, he literally says just that.
— Baron of the Taiga (@baronitaigas) December 20, 2022
“The non-proliferation benefits that the deal promised are not worth the sanctions relief offered,” Brodsky said.
He added, “The JCPOA is based on a political, geopolitical, and technical reality from 2015 that does not exist anymore. There is also no sustainable political constituency in the United States to keep it alive.”
“I think the Biden administration wants to keep the corpse of the deal on the table to prevent Tehran from enriching to 90 percent and escalating further. But there are real questions as to whether there is adequate deterrence in place to prevent that from happening.”