Biden Scrambles as Iran Nuclear Deal Hangs on the Brink
(ConservativeSense.com) – Since his inauguration, President Joe Biden has dedicated his time to return the US to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an Obama-era nuclear non-proliferation deal the US and five other nations entered into with Iran in 2015. Former President Donald Trump withdrew us from the agreement in 2018. Now, as re-entry to the JCPOA becomes more unlikely for a number of reasons, the administration is scrambling to find the best backup strategies.
The JCPOA’s viability seems questionable at this point for several reasons.
- Iran’s July announcement it achieved the technical capacity to build a nuclear weapon.
- The International Atomic Energy Agency‘s (IAEA) November 10 report indicated Iran had approximately 62.3 kilograms of uranium enriched to 60% purity on October 23 — weapons grade is one refinement step away at 90%.
- The regime has supplied Russia with between 1,500 and 2,400 Shahed-136 drones and other weapons, and Iran claims the transaction happened before the invasion of Ukraine began.
- Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division claimed Iran has a hypersonic ballistic missile capable of piercing advanced defense systems on November 11.
In addition to the above, eight weeks of ongoing protests in Iran sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini threaten the theocratic regime and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Led primarily by women and joined by students and professionals, the protests have seen over 300 killed and more than 15,000 arrested.
— Iranian Americans for Liberty (@LibertyIranian) November 8, 2022
Diplomats conceived the JCPOA to prevent Iran from developing and stockpiling nuclear armament capability. It seems that genie is out of the bottle. Now, the administration faces a growing humanitarian crisis, security issues in the region on an epic level, a seeming alliance between Iran and Russia in defiance of international sanctions, and the slender possibility that disgruntled Iranian citizens might overthrow the regime, potentially fixing several problems at once.
This moment might be historic for Iran. Does the Biden administration have a contingency plan?
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