Biden Admin Pleads: Don’t Anger Iran Until AFTER November Elections

By Tommy Wilson | Tuesday, 28 May 2024 04:30 PM
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In a move that has raised eyebrows among international diplomats, the Biden administration has reportedly requested European allies to refrain from confronting Iran over its burgeoning nuclear program ahead of the U.S. elections in November.

This information was disclosed by several diplomats involved in the negotiations, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The West, including the U.S., has been growing increasingly anxious about Iran's rapidly expanding nuclear program, its potential for weaponization, and its resistance to international scrutiny. In an attempt to prevent provoking Tehran, the Biden administration is allegedly discouraging efforts by France and Britain to censure Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) member-state board meeting scheduled for June. The U.S. has indicated it will abstain from the motion, according to the diplomats.

Several diplomats have voiced concerns that a lack of action could potentially undermine the IAEA’s credibility and weaken the West's influence over Tehran. They have expressed frustration at the Biden administration for obstructing their efforts to contain Iran’s nuclear program and for its perceived failure to adopt a more robust policy towards Tehran.

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Despite these claims, U.S. officials have denied that the Biden administration is lobbying against a censure motion or that there is any discord between them and their European counterparts. "We are increasing pressure on Iran through sanctions and international isolation," a U.S. official told the WSJ, emphasizing that the Biden administration is "tightly coordinated" with its European partners ahead of the IAEA board meeting in June. Another official dismissed as "totally false" the notion that the Biden administration is trying to sidestep a confrontation with Iran ahead of U.S. elections.

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According to the latest data from the IAEA, the UN organization responsible for monitoring and regulating Tehran's nuclear activities, Iran has enriched enough uranium and fissile material to manufacture three nuclear weapons. Iran regularly attempts to evade or bypass IAEA oversight. IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi visited Tehran in early May to enhance coordination with the Iranian regime, but his efforts were largely unsuccessful. European diplomats do not anticipate any change in the status quo before the June board meeting.

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One of the primary objectives of the Biden administration was to persuade Iran to return to a deal framework akin to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), informally known as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. This deal, initiated by the Obama administration, eased international sanctions against Iran in exchange for Tehran's commitment to limit its nuclear activities. However, the Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the deal in 2018, arguing that it failed to adequately contain Iran’s nuclear program while allowing the Islamic regime to prosper economically under sanctions relief. Since the U.S. exited the deal, Iran has expanded its nuclear program.

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So far, the Biden administration has been unsuccessful in bringing Iran back into a nuclear agreement, with negotiations collapsing entirely in late 2022. The administration has since tried to adopt a diplomatic approach to manage Iran's nuclear program. It fears that if a censure vote is passed at the IAEA in June, it could infuriate Tehran and make the regime more resistant to oversight attempts, particularly in light of concerns about regime instability following the recent death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

The Biden administration's "appeasement" approach towards Iran has been criticized by lawmakers and critics, who argue that it has only emboldened the country against the rest of the West.

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