(ConservativeHub.com) – The Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018. Formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal was brokered by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and the other permanent UN Security Council members.
Skepticism raged for years regarding Iran’s compliance with the agreement. Donald Trump called it a “horrible” deal during a May 8, 2018 speech announcing the United States’ official withdrawal from the agreement.
Joe Biden campaigned on returning to the agreement, and Iran began a series of military exercises intended to pressure the Biden administration into following through with its stated intentions.
Iran Celebrating Post-Inauguration
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded gleefully to Biden’s inauguration, according to an official statement publicized by Iranian state media company PressTV. In the statement, Rouhani called Trump a “terrorist,” adding he expected Biden to undo the “black stains” of the Trump administration.
Continuing, he lashed out at Trump for the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a January 2020 drone strike at Baghdad International Airport. Soleimani is believed to have been responsible for hundreds of Americans’ deaths in his capacity as one of the leading figures in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
He concluded his remarks by praising Biden’s ascension to the White House and predicting a “return to the law” and prior commitments to Iran, like returning to the nuclear agreement.
However, a return to the JCPOA would be difficult by any stretch of the imagination. Among other things, Iran’s interpretation of the agreement is much different than that of American officials. Biden expressed a willingness to return to the plan provided Iran agreed to strict compliance with the deal.
It also seems likely that in light of recent Iranian aggression, the Biden administration would want to negotiate new terms limiting Iran’s ability to develop missiles or engage in proxy wars, as they did in Yemen.
As Trump stated, it’s still doubtful that Iran would agree to the terms of a new agreement with comprehensive protections for the rest of the world. Time will tell what, if anything, the Biden administration can do regarding the deal. We will keep you posted as events unfold.
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