One of the Biden Administration’s top foreign policy goals since coming into office has been to get the United States back into some sort of nuclear agreement with Iran, a well-known backer of terrorism and frequent decrier of U.S. society and strategic interests.
In the past few weeks, talks of a new Iran Deal began to rekindle. The basic draft of the Iran Deal was presented to the European Union at the beginning of July, despite Iran’s demands. However, there are new details emerging that could raise concerns about U.S. security interests and stability in the Middle East.
One of the most striking is Iran’s lifting its arms embargo.
Breaking: “The US would lift the conventional arms embargo on Iran”
The majority of Congress supported the extension of the 2020 arms embargo. This is an enormous win for Russia, China, if true. https://t.co/rQnHkw2SCP
— Richard Goldberg (@rich_goldberg) August 29, 2022
Let’s dive deeper into the story:
This day [“Day Zero”], US President Joe Biden would rescind three executive orders pertaining to Iran, as well as secondary sanctions on 17 banks, which would free over $7 billion belonging to Iran from South Korean banks.
Within five days, the deal will likely reach the US Congress, under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA). This law mandates any Iranian agreement to lift sanctions must be reviewed by the Senate and House. The White House can’t lift sanctions without an executive order within 30 days.
Biden may veto any deal that Congress rejects, unless there is a two-thirds vote in favor. However, there is still the possibility of a majority opposing the deal. This comes amid increasing concerns from Washington about Russia using Iran to bypass sanctions.
Then, 60 days after the deal is signed, we would give a “one-time sanctions exemption for Iran to sell 50 million barrels of oil and would permit business negotiations in the areas of energy and aviation,” according to this report.
So already we’re giving Iran access to tons of money to fund the various activities they do that actively undermine the U.S. But, of course, there’s more. By Day 120…
Iran would also complete all the steps required by the deal – scaling back uranium enrichment to 3.67%, reducing its stockpile, sealing and transferring centrifuges, etc. – and allow the IAEA to fully resume monitoring.
The US would remove all secondary sanctions on Iran and agreed-upon terrorist designations – this does not include the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – and explain to businesses what the lifting of sanctions means.
So, yeah. We’re going to give Iran access to its money again and we’re going to lift arms embargoes on them with seemingly no mechanism of enforcing the uranium enrichment limitations asked by the deal.
The New Iran Deal may surprise you. We’re giving Iran everything they want, and there is nothing we’re going to do to make sure they keep up their end of the bargain. It seems that we’re giving Iran all they want, but not any vinegar.
This isn’t just a boon for Iran, but for China and Russia, who can buy Iranian oil and sell weapons to Iran with no problem whatsoever. Is the Biden administration aware that they actively undermine U.S. interests in this area? That we’re making U.S. allies in the Middle East and around the world less safe?
What if you want Saudi Arabia to be a pariah, but Iran to get all kinds of money? That’s got to be the most ridiculous foreign policy platform in modern American history. There are plenty of people in the Middle East who do not want Iran to have access to money and arms, and you’ve just made them less safe and the region more unstable. Great work.