Heads of two most powerful countries “accidentally” helped Iran’s nuclear armament. The third president is now holding our destiny in his hands
Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, who are strongly opposed to the Iranian nuclear armament, “inadvertently contributed” to what they were trying to prevent. Biden’s decisions will be the ones that tip the scales
Is there anything more ironic than outlining strategic moves in order to prevent an apocalyptic scenario and then realize that these moves actually contributed it? The answer is… yes.
The irony intensifies as you shed further light on the picture and discover that not only one, but two of the most powerful leaders in the world, made this ironic mistake, and only due to their ego.
The current president of the US, Joe Biden, is the only one who now has the power to reverse the outcomes of the other two, but meanwhile it seems that he moves from one direction to the other, without any clear and unequivocal decision.
The story of Iran and the nuclear program is not new. It began in the 60s of the last century. What has changed in this story is only the goal – from developing a nuclear program for generating electricity, the Iranians started to secretly building nuclear reactors for creating nuclear bomb and flagrantly violates its agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
On July 14, 2015, the JCPOA agreement was reached between six countries (United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and Russia) and Iran, under which the Iranian nuclear program will be frozen for 15 years and in return, all the sanctions imposed on the country will be removed.
From the moment the agreement has been approved, Iran took steps to ensure that its facilities will be operated for purposes of civilian and research work only.
The fatal mistake of the former US President – Donald Trump
In May 2018, the US President at the time, Donald Trump believed Iran continues to produce nuclear weapons despite the agreement, announced that he is withdrawing from it.
His “strategic” decision was allegedly intended to weaken Iran’s power in the long run. Trump hoped that vetoing the nuclear agreement would pull the other countries to back as well. His plan failed. The US was the only country which withdrew from the nuclear agreement, and by his action, the central “gatekeeper” preventing Iran arming with nuclear weapons has now completely lost his grip. How significant was it? The answer is, dramatically.
As President Obama wisely stated, “Any aspect of ‘troubling Iranian behavior’ is much more dangerous when their nuclear program is unrestricted.” Obama was right.
Two years after Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran, free from US oversight, has restarted it’s uranium enrichment, restarted it’s research and development on advanced centrifuges, and expanded its stockpile of nuclear fuel while cutting in half the time it would take her to produce enough weapons-grade fuel to build a nuclear bomb.
The fatal mistake of the Prime Minister of Israel — Benjamin Netanyahu
Two fatal mistakes led to Trump withdraw from the nuclear agreement. One – Trump’s intolerance to Iran’s allegedly continue to develop nuclear weapons, and the second mistake – He was influenced by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
When Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran in May 2018, Netanyahu turned the decision into a “political celebration”. Netanyahu bragged his ability to influence on the President of the United States and celebrated his power for months later.
On July 17, 2018, a video in which Netanyahu tells his party colleagues about convincing Trump to withdraw from the nuclear agreement has been leaked to the media and exposed it to viewers all over the world.
Netanyahu opposed the nuclear agreement with Iran from the first moment, claiming that it is the greatest threat to regional stability. Trump, who is known to be a close friend of Netanyahu’s, repeated Netanyahu’s words.
President Biden “plays Ping-Pong” with Iran
The decision of the current President of the US Joe Biden to remove the American sanctions from the frozen Iranian assets in exchange of the releasing 6 American prisoners, comes at an unfortunate time.
A month after promoting the deal between the United States and Iran, on October 7, Hamas launched a brutal and large-scale attack on Israel, which rapidly escalated into the war in Gaza.
In the recent period, Washington released about 16 billion dollars of Iran’s frozen assets and allowed the country to strengthen the nuclear program.
We all hope now that the Biden administration will act logically and stop Iran from its nuclear arms race. Especially at this time when the Middle East is so unstable due to Israel’s war in Gaza, which is escalating to other countries as well.
White House response:
“No money is going to Iran, period. Any claim to the contrary is false.
As we have said, Iran’s funds held in Qatar remain in restricted accounts and can only be used for humanitarian-related purposes, meaning food, medicine, medical products, and agricultural goods. It is longstanding US policy to ensure our sanctions do not prevent food, medicine, and other humanitarian goods and services from flowing to ordinary people, no matter how objectionable their governments.
Any notion that we have provided sanctions relief to the regime or that we are not enforcing our sanctions is false. We have not lifted and have no plans to lift any sanctions on Iran or provide them any sanctions relief.
The Biden Administration has administered dozens of separate Iran sanctions roll-outs targeting more than 400 individuals and entities, including those in Iran’s petroleum and petrochemicals sectors. In the past month alone, we have issued new sanctions designations targeting the Iranian regime’s human rights abusers, hostage taking, and missile-related programs. These actions will not stop.
We have also engaged in an extensive diplomatic campaign to ensure Iran is not able to sell oil to new buyers. There have been no new buyers of Iranian oil under the Biden Administration. The same challenging and problematic cases that existed under the previous administration are all that remain.“
Furthermore, Iran is engaged almost exclusively in black market oil sales. While the Iranian regime continues to make efforts to evade US sanctions, evasion is very costly. We assess the regime receives only a fraction of the market price for the oil it is able to sell.”