If the purpose of the new Iran deal is to strengthen Russia and Iran and make the world less safe — then Team Biden is on the right track.
The Biden-Harris administration has been quietly working on a revamp of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and is close to an agreement.
On Wednesday, President Biden called Vladimir Putin a war criminal — after initially responding “No” to the question then pretending that he didn’t hear it.
?This marks the first time the administration has referred to the Russian President as a war criminal – until now, officials have shied away from that language.
POTUS tells me “I think he is a war criminal”
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) March 16, 2022
Despite the President’s
whispered correction from a staffer firm conviction that Putin has committed war crimes, the ongoing talks with Iran to resurrect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have included Russia as key negotiators.
Just take a wild guess how that’s going…
Team Biden has been negotiating the revival of a weaker, shorter version of the Iran agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, since last year. It’s allowed Russia an outsized role in the talks, with the country’s head delegate, Amb. Mikhail Ulyanov, providing frequent public updates. In one instance, Ulyanov praised Tehran’s negotiating style, candidly stating, “Iran got much more than it could expect.”
Last week, as the sanctions on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine started to bite, the Russian negotiators made new demands that would provide an end-run around the sanctions — and it appears the Let’s Go, Brandon administration is willing to cave to them.
Russia’s leading energy company, Rosatom, has a $10 billion contract with the Iranian atomic energy organization to expand the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Tehran. This side deal was hidden in the original 2015 JCPOA that was negotiated under Obama.
The Russians want to make sure that “civil nuclear cooperation” agreements — like the one to expand Bushehr — won’t be included in the new sanctions imposed since the invasion of Ukraine.
On March 5, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister said, “We have asked our American counterparts, who rule the roost here, to provide us with guarantees at least at the level of the secretary of state [that] the current process launched by the United States will by no means affect our right to free and full-fledged trading, economic, investment, military, and technical cooperation with Iran.”
On Tuesday, the State Department gave Russia precisely the assurances that they were looking for.
“We, of course, would not sanction Russian participation in nuclear projects that are part of resuming full implementation of the JCPOA,” State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed on Tuesday, referring to the original 2015 nuclear accord. Russia’s foreign ministry made a similar statement on Tuesday, saying that “additions were made to the text of the future agreement on JCPOA restoration to ensure that all the JCPOA-related projects, [especially] with Russian participation, as well as Bushehr [nuclear power plant], are protected from negative impact of anti-Russian restrictions” by the United States and European Union.
The removal of these sanctions will provide Moscow’s Rosatom company with a critical source of revenue as American and European sanctions crush Russia’s economy in response to its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The concessions to Moscow have generated frustration on Capitol Hill, with top Republican leaders accusing the Biden administration of weakening penalties on Russia to secure an agreement with Iran. Moscow has served as the United States’ top interlocutor in talks, even as the country’s war machine rolls across Ukraine. The Free Beacon first reported on Tuesday that a policy document circulating among lawmakers exposes how the new nuclear agreement will create a “sanctions evasion hub” for Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Source: Washington Free Beacon
The Washington Free Beacon said that a state department official that they contacted for their story confirmed that the United States will “not sanction Russian participation in nuclear projects that are part of resuming full implementation of the JCPOA.”
The former State Department special advisor for Iran under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Gabriel Noronha, told the Free Beacon that Russia is “being awarded a financial lifeline” under the new Iran Deal that undermines international efforts to isolate Moscow.
“Rosatom’s projects in Iran are crucial to the company’s future financial viability—that’s exactly why we should shut them down by disrupting their foreign contracts—especially those with a regime like Iran,” said Noronha. “We’re doing the opposite. The United States should sanction Rosatom for its involvement in Russia’s war on Ukraine, but in classic fashion, we’re giving them full sanctions immunity that will stabilize Rosatom’s finances.”
So much for making Putin a pariah around the world for his grotesque invasion of Ukraine.
To sum up… the Brandon Administration is imposing sanctions on Russia and then opening the door to allow them to bypass the sanctions when it comes to an incredibly lucrative deal with Iran for “civilian nuclear power” which the left opposes being built in America… because reasons.
Let’s be perfectly clear what this means — Russian oligarchs would be making bank, but the Russian people would still suffer.
Way to go, Team Biden! Their incompetence knows no bounds.
Oh, and if Rosatom sounds familiar, perhaps these links will refresh your memory:
- ‘This Just In’: More ‘Banana Republic’ Corruption From Hillary Clinton & Co
- Dear Obama: The FBI Informant YOU Silenced Is About To Become Your WORST Enemy
- Dear CNN: FBI Informant In Uranium One Scandal Testifies Against Obama – Is That ‘News?’
It seems you can’t have something that reeks of corruption without the Clintons’ fingers in the pie.
Private companies like Mastercard, Visa, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and even PornHub are being more firm in their stance on isolating Russia than the U.S. government at this point.
Remember when Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, said in his memoir that Joe Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades” and then stood by it in 2019?
It looks like the streak is still going.
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