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Biden Restored Sanctions Waiver from Iran’s Nuclear Program

In a bid to get Iran to move forward on talks, Biden restored the sanctions waiver for their nuclear program that allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to do “non-proliferation” work at Iranian sites. Here’s the problem: Russia and China have already been helping Iran, according to Foreign Affairs. And the work may not necessarily be related to “non-proliferation.”

 

President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday restored sanctions waivers to Iran to allow international nuclear cooperation projects, as indirect American-Iranian talks on reviving the 2015 international nuclear deal with Tehran enter the final stretch…

The waivers had allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to carry out non-proliferation work to effectively make it harder for Iranian nuclear sites to be used for weapons development. The waivers were rescinded by the United States in 2019 and 2020 under former President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the nuclear agreement.

The indirect talks are aimed at having the United States return to the agreement and Iran resume compliance. The agreement was reached under former President Barack Obama, and Biden has pledged to try to bring the United States back to it…

“The waiver with respect to these activities is designed to facilitate discussions that would help to close a deal on a mutual return to full implementation of the JCPOA and lay the groundwork for Iran’s return to performance of its JCPOA commitments,” according to the report, a copy of which seen by Reuters.

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Proponents of the sanctions waiver believe that with the other countries present at the sites, Iran will have a more difficult time completing a nuclear bomb. If the countries were simply European ones, that might be true. But since Russia and China are in the mix, that debate immediately becomes suspect.

Some analysts believe that even with a restored nuclear deal, Iran is likely far enough along with their program that a renewed JCPOA would be a nonstarter. The sanctions waiver gives them a leg up on the process.

Administration officials concluded late last year that Iran’s nuclear program had advanced too far to re-create the roughly 12-month so-called breakout period of the 2015 pact,” The Wall Street Journal reported this week. “Despite the change, the U.S. is pushing ahead with talks. A revised deal needs to be reached soon, the officials said, to leave the U.S. and its allies with enough time to respond to an Iranian nuclear buildup.”

Daily Wire

The Biden administration is overwhelmingly naïve or plain despicably evil. You choose which.

At a time when Iran is targeting the United States and our allies across the Middle East, the Biden administration is dismantling sanctions to allow them to build up their nuclear program.

Along with unfreezing billions of dollars and looking the other way at Iranian sanctions-busting, restoring civil nuclear waivers for Iran is just one more step the Biden administration is taking toward reviving a weaker version of the catastrophic Obama-Iran nuclear deal.

President Biden and his officials are also declaring for themselves the ability to ignore requirements written into law mandating that Congress has the opportunity to review and reject their reckless concessions to Iran.

This attempt to usurp power from Congress will be met with a sustained and aggressive response.

The Ayatollah exploits these civil nuclear waivers to build up Iran’s nuclear program with the express intention of eventually developing nuclear weapons to inflict destruction on America and our allies. When he chants ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to America,’ he means it.

President Trump rightly ended these waivers, and now the Biden administration is resurrecting them. It’s unconscionable, and we need to end these waivers once and for all.

Senator Ted Cruz

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H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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