No Biden Regime Intention to Lift Sanctions on Iran
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman
Since taking office by brazen election theft, Biden and hardliners surrounding him expressed no interest in turning a page for cooperative relations with Iran, Russia, China and other nations free from US control — just the opposite.
Rhetoric toward these countries remains hostile, unacceptable demands made, suggesting no change in dirty business as usual going forward.
On Sunday, Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the following:
The Islamic Republic “will return to its JCOPA obligations (as followed after the agreement became effective in January 2016) once the US fully lifts its (illegal) sanctions in action and not in words or or on paper, and once the sanctions removal is verified by Iran,” adding:
Iran’s “definitive and irreversible” policy is that deal-breaking Washington must take this first step toward returning to the JCPOA it unlawfully abandoned as a show of good faith it hasn’t exhibited or stuck to for real since the country ended a generation of US installed fascist tyranny in 1979.
US ruling authorities “miscalculated in understanding the Iranian nation during the 1979 Revolution, and so they failed,” Khamenei stressed.
“During the 2009 (US orchestrated anti-Iran) sedition…(Dem) president (Obama openly) backed” it.
“Trump failed in his maximum pressure policy too. They’re still miscalculating” in Washington.
Nothing said or done by Biden regime officials indicates a true intention to return to the JCPOA or respect Iranian sovereignty — just the opposite.
If Biden and hardliners surrounding him were serious about dealing with Iran responsibly, they’d lift illegally imposed sanctions straightaway, move swiftly to rejoin the JCPOA with no preconditions, and end saber-rattling threats against the country and others unwilling to sell their souls to a higher power in Washington.
The Biden regime did nothing so far to move things in this direction, showing bad faith as usual, not the other way around.
Unbending US hostility toward Iran continues with no signs of positive change.
Biden regime refusal to lift sanctions shows the futility of seeking to normalize bilateral relations.
Hegemons don’t operate this way. Throughout the post-WW II period and earlier, the US consistently went the other way.
For nearly three weeks after taking office, no official contacts between the Biden regime and their Iranian counterparts occurred — nothing indicating a positive step back from Trump regime harshness toward Iran.
On Sunday in response to whether he’ll lift sanctions on Iran to resume bilateral discussions, Biden said “No.”
He won’t lift illegally imposed sanctions unless Iran stops enriching uranium, its legal right.
On Friday, his national security advisor Jake Sullivan said “(w)e are going to have to address Iran’s malign behavior across the region (sic).”
“(F)rom our perspective, a critical early priority has to be to deal with what is an escalating nuclear crisis as they move closer to having enough fissile material for a weapon (sic).”
Malign behavior is what the US, NATO, Israel and their imperial partners do.
Iran and other nations free from US control operate by higher standards, notably by seeking peace and cooperative relations with other countries, anathema notions in Washington.
No evidence remotely suggests that Iran seeks nuclear weapons. Indisputable evidence suggests otherwise.
What the US, West, Israel, and other nations implacably hostile toward Iran know, they won’t publicly acknowledge.
Instead they continue going all-out to foster hostile relations toward Iran.
Israel is the region’s only nuclear armed and dangerous nation — with full US-led Western support and encouragement.
Interventionist Blinken is especially unbending in his vitriol toward Iran, an ominous sign.
Unacceptable remarks like “Iran is out of compliance on a number of fronts” show his unbending position, adding:
“It would take some time, should it make the decision to do so, for it to come back into compliance (with the JCPOA) and time for us then to assess whether it was meeting its obligations.”
Iran remains compliant with its obligations.
It’s for scofflaw USA to fulfill its JCPOA and other international law obligations that the Trump regime abandoned.
If Biden fails to move swiftly in this direction, the landmark nuclear deal will likely unravel altogether.
Iran once again will be falsely blamed for hostile US actions against the country.
Against the backdrop of unacceptable Biden regime demands of Iran, it’s hard being optimistic about what lies ahead.
Iranian officials have no illusions. They have no allies in Washington or the West, none for over 40 years — just implacable adversaries.
As for Biden’s pledge to rejoin the JCPOA, he was all talk and no follow-through.
It’s how the US consistently operates at home and abroad — promising one thing, then going another way.
It’s why its ruling authorities can never be trusted.
They’re mortal enemies of peace, stability, equity, justice and the rule of law.
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