Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) lambasted the Biden administration’s “desperation” in pushing their failed efforts to revive the Iran Nuclear Deal with Iran, despite the Iranian regime’s countlessly snubbing the U.S. in their compliance refusal to resume indirect talks while they rapidly advance its nuclear programs in assembling a nuclear weapon.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid traveled to Washington earlier this week to discuss with senior Biden officials on Israel’s idea for “an alternative plan” to JCPOA. However, Biden officials have refused to entertain any options that differ from the JCPOA accordance, insisting that they would still attempt to pursue a diplomatic path with Tehran as an effort to block Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“Everyone knew the regime in Tehran would be emboldened by President Biden’s desperation for a deal,” Rubio told The Floridian Thursday.
While Biden officials have admitted that the 2015 accord is not perfect, they believe it is the only beneficial deal to keep Iran’s nuclear program wrapped up “in a box.” They also claim the deal, if Tehran would ever agree to such compliance, would pave the path for the U.S. to negotiate a subsequent new deal between the two nations that is complete with different parameters than the current accord.
“President Biden needs to take the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] off the table, and work with Congress and allies around the world on a path forward that prevents Iran from possessing nuclear weapons capabilities, addresses the regime’s support for terrorism, and holds it accountable for egregious human rights violations against Americans and the Iranian people,” Rubio stated.
Earlier this week, the Biden administration revealed that they are now working on a Plan B but didn’t disclose any deeds on the new follow-up scheme they are conjuring up to prevent Iran from going fully nuclear. Numerous diplomatic meetings and talks would finally knock the obvious to Biden officials this week — the Iran deal is, without a doubt, officially dead.
Indirect talks with Iran, through intermediaries officials, began in April joined by the P5 (five world powers who also played a role in the 2015 deal — Russia, China, France, Germany, and Britain) diplomats helped create “two working groups” amongst U.S. and Tehran to “produce a road map” in getting both nations synchronizing. Negotiations were pointless as Iran continued to dance around the U.S. in their refusal to speak directly with Biden officials and preferred to prolong the talks through intermediaries. However, the talks got complicated shortly after Ebrahim Raisi was elected as Iran’s new president.
Since then, Tehran has largely stayed away from the negotiation table in Vienna, with no open talks taking place since mid-July. Iran claims they would sit down with the U.S.to hash out the negotiations “soon,” but never given any date or indication that would follow through with their statement.
While talks stalled, Iran, in the meantime, would continue to openly breach parts of the Iran Deal, including its production of over 200 grams of near 20 percent enriched uranium, adding an extra cascade of advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium to 60 percent, and assembling processes in a bomb-making creation. The Institute for Science and International Security, a US-based think tank, published a report last month stating that Iran will have enough weapons-grade uranium for an atomic bomb in as little as a month to create in a “worst-case” scenario.
On Tuesday, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan held a meeting with Lapid, releasing a readout statement of talks that reaffirms President Biden’s commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. But Sullivan declined to say what, if any, strategy the Biden administration has beyond the current approach.
“The officials also shared their perspectives on the threat posed by Iran. Sullivan reaffirmed President Biden’s commitment to ensuring that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon. The officials agreed that the United States and Israel would continue to consult closely on Iran and other critical matters impacting the security and stability of the region,” Sullivan said in the readout statement.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken flanked with Lapid, and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan warned Iran that “time is running short” for them to reenter the 2015 agreement and reap the benefits. Blinken stated in a joint news conference Wednesday that the United States had repeatedly made it “abundantly clear over the last nine months that we are prepared to return to full compliance with the JCPOA if Iran does the same.”
“Time is running short. We are prepared to turn to other options if Iran doesn’t change course, and these consultations with our allies and partners are part of it,” Blinken said. “I’m not going to put a specific date on it. But with every passing day and Iran’s refusal to engage in good faith, the runway gets shortened.”
However, Blinken also didn’t elaborate further on the “other options,” suggesting it “takes two to engage,” but Iran has shown Biden officials their lack of “willingness” to engage in any “realistic” diplomacy to “return to the deal.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley on Wednesday said the Biden administration patience was wearing thin, noting that the United States has to “prepare for a world — which we’re doing now in consultation with our partners from the region — a world where Iran doesn’t have constraints on its nuclear program.”
“Every day they are not coming back to the table … is telling us that this is a team that may not in fact be prepared to come back into [the nuclear deal],” Malley said. “We have to consider options for dealing with that, even as we hope that we can get back to the deal.”
Malley, just like his counterpart Sullivan and Blinken, also didn’t offer any specifics regarding the options the Biden administration is considering. While Malley stated, the Biden team refuses to concede that the talks with Iran are dead, insisting on keeping the door open as they are ramping up preparation to “adjust to a different reality.”