Western Leaders To Iran: Please Come Talk To Us!
Western Leaders To Iran: Please Come Talk To Us!
Iran needs to come talk to us! That was the message from the G-20 summit in Rome. Specifically it was the message from the U.S., Germany, France, and the U.K.
Perhaps the most uncertain of the developments Saturday is the fate of the nuclear accord that set limits on Iran’s uranium enrichment and other advances in exchange for easing international sanctions. After Trump pulled out in 2018, Iran had announced higher-level enrichment — stirring alarm from the West and its allies — even as Tehran’s leaders insist they do not seek nuclear weapons but want to control nuclear fuel supply for reactors.
As we’ve noted many times before, Iran is not to be trusted. Which is why the Senate during the Obama Administration never ratified the deal, and why President Trump ditched the JCPOA agreement. Here’s the joint statement:
We expressed our determination to ensure that Iran can never develop or acquire a nuclear weapon and shared our grave and growing concern that, while Iran halted negotiations on a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) since June, it has accelerated the pace of provocative nuclear steps, such as the production of highly enriched uranium and enriched uranium metal. Iran has no credible civilian need for either measure, but both are important to nuclear weapons programs.
These steps have only been made more alarming by Iran’s simultaneously decreased cooperation and transparency with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). We agreed that continued Iranian nuclear advances and obstacles to the IAEA’s work will jeopardize the possibility of a return to the JCPOA.
Further on in the statement we see that there’s bribery as it were to hopefully get Iran to come to the table and talk.
“We welcome President Biden’s clearly demonstrated commitment to return the U.S. to full compliance with the JCPOA and to stay in full compliance, so long as Iran does the same,” they said. “Return to JCPOA compliance will provide sanctions lifting with long-lasting implications for Iran’s economic growth. This will only be possible if Iran changes course.”
Yep, that’s a ‘please come talk to us’ and we’ll fix your failing economy, while probably handing you more pallets of cash and ignoring your continued efforts to build nukes!
Here’s the problem with this polite beg from Western leaders. Iran bluntly stated this summer that they weren’t going to start negotiations again, unless everything went their way. Secondly, Iran still hasn’t agreed to next month’s meetings.
Quoted in @nytimes on Iran deal prospects: “Iran’s continued intransigence and the acceleration of its nuclear program will make it difficult for even the most forward-leaning negotiators to revive the agreement next year.” #OOTT https://t.co/XRXE4s9P3G— Henry Rome (@hrome2) October 30, 2021
Here we have Western leaders issuing a request for Iran to please come talk to us, while Iran just keeps on ignoring sanctions, refusing site inspections, while continuing their nuclear program. Vice President Pence is correct:
“And with our current administration’s embrace with the JCPOA, their hesitation to condemn rockets being fired at our cherished ally Israel, the heartbreaking and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, our adversaries may be sensing weakness in the current American administration,” the former vice president said. “They may be emboldened to test our resolve. And in fact, they’ve already begun to do so with reports of an Iranian drone attack on a U.S. base in Syria.”
“Weakness arouses evil,” Mr. Pence said.
Meanwhile the weak Western leaders seem to think that politely asking Iran to come talk will work wonders.
Biden, other leaders say no easing sanctions until Iran slows its nuclear development https://t.co/hpOijvgb9z— TONY V (@_MTMTE) October 31, 2021
Does anyone REALLY think that Iran will come to the table unless sanctions are lifted first? They’ve been refusing to deal since January. The new leadership refused to deal this summer. Evidently the third time might be the charm? I sincerely doubt it.
The Biden Administration has made lots and LOTS of promises since January. Every single one of those promises has had moving goalposts. We were supposed to have negotiations with Iran by March, it’s now the end of October. Speaks volumes as to how ineffective the Biden Administration is doesn’t it? Particularly given this information regarding the CIA.
In another worrisome change, it seems that the CIA, while building up its resources for China, is taking apart those for Iran. The Iran Mission Center is to be dissolved, and its near-legendary leader, Mike D’Andrea, is retiring. The Times reported this: “The appointment in 2017 of Mr. D’Andrea, who had a long career leading operations against Al Qaeda and other terrorist targets, was a sign of the Trump administration’s hard line on Iran. And inside the C.I.A., Mr. D’Andrea helped craft a more muscular approach against Tehran.”
Intel regarding anything Iran is or isn’t doing is vitally important to our national security!! Yet the Biden Administration is now blinding us with this move at the CIA. You just know Iran is laughing at us.
Iran is going to continue to play games. When Iran doesn’t respond to the request to talk, what will our Western leaders do next? Send more airstrikes or bribe them with more pallets of cash?
Feature Photo Credit: Iran, U.S. EU by geralt via Pixabay, cropped and modified