Western pressure is a problem for Iran. The January 2020 MQ-9 Reaper drone strike in Iraq that killed Qasem Soleimani, Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, still resonates in the region. It is unlikely that Iran will soon forget this event, and their desire for revenge knows no end.
Iran seems to want to return to the negotiation table, but they want to call the shots this time.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the Iran nuclear agreement reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015. The P5+1 deal was concluded under the auspices of the European Union between Iran and China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. This group is often called the E3+3 by European countries.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi wants to focus on other nations besides the US in negotiations about their nuclear weapons program. He doesn’t even want to deal with the US, but he likes other countries to remove US sanctions. He also wants to restore the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal that former President Barack Obama and former President Donald Trump ripped up. And he warned that “pressure” from the US will not be acceptable or tolerated.
It sounds like he fully believes that he is in charge of this negotiation and is taking it public. This most likely means Raisi now wants to shift the leadership role away from the US and toward China and Russia, allowing the EU to play a secondary role. They do not respect or fear the current occupant of the White House.
Biden, his diplomats, and administration officials will most likely revert to form and capitulate. According to Al Jazeera, representatives from the United States and Iran met in Vienna during Biden’s first 100 days in office to discuss possibilities. But no agreement was finalized at the time. Still, 2021 is far from over, and given almost four months, who knows what may happen.
Raisi said that he wants his people to flourish, and for that, he needs the US to release his nation from the grip of economic sanctions. It would indicate that the diplomatic efforts by many countries to put pressure on Iran are influencing the Iranian regime’s popularity and hold on the land. Multilateral or regional negotiations that reduce sanctions on Iran will only strengthen the Ayatollah’s power.
In August, France, Germany, and Britain voiced concerns about Iran’s nuclear program at the United Nations. Based on the UN atomic watchdog, nuclear exercises included highly enriched uranium used for weapons-grade warheads. But Iran assured them not to worry.
When we start accepting violent thugs at their word and allowing them to dictate conditions to us, we’ve gone astray. America should not lose sight of the fact that Joe Biden’s unique combination of incompetence and wickedness might have terrible global consequences.