President-elect Joe Biden is ready to reverse President Trump’s sanctions and stance toward Iran when he takes office. Biden’s team is already talking with Iran about a return to the multilateral Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran Nuclear Deal, which President Obama joined in 2015.
Other participants in the JCPOA include China, France, Germany, the EU, Russia, Iran, and the UK.
Congressional Republicans opposed the Iran Nuclear Deal then, but Obama went ahead with the deal without congressional approval. $1.7 billion dollars was transferred to Iran, and another $150 billion of Iran’s frozen assets were released to the rogue regime in exchange for promises not to develop nuclear weapons.
In an op-ed piece for The Hill, former head of Isreal Defense Intelligence, Amos Yadlin, argued with or without the US, the JCPOA is not performing as promised:
The four years that have elapsed since the JCPOA was implemented have shown that key assumptions made by supporters of the agreement were wrong. Iran was not open to dialogue on non-nuclear matters even before the United States withdrew from the agreement, and has not only failed to moderate its hostile conduct but has even intensified it. Billions of dollars that were unfrozen following the agreement have enabled Iran to support Bashar al-Assad’s murderous regime, the Hezbollah terror organization and the Houthis in Yemen, and to deploy military personnel and equipment that threaten Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states from Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.
President Trump viewed the JCPOA as a bad deal for America and withdrew from it in 2018. America’s withdrawal did not terminate the JCPOA, and Iran is still obligated to observe the terms of the agreement.
Meanwhile, in violation of the JCPOA, Iran announced that they are enriching uranium to 20% purity, which can be used to create nuclear bombs.
Because Iran has repeatedly sworn to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, Israel is nervous about Biden’s promise to rejoin the JCPOA. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that a US return to the accord would trigger a middle eastern arms race.
If we just go back to the JCPOA, what will happen and may already be happening is that many other countries in the Middle East will rush to arm themselves with nuclear weapons. That is a nightmare and that is folly. It should not happen.
Apparently, a Biden administration will not stand in the way of a nuclear Iran, but Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country will: “Israel will not allow Iran to manufacture nuclear weapons.”