The Iranian nuclear deal will have to be renegotiated: head of nuclear agency says

Ron Cantor —  December 20, 2020 — Leave a comment
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Joe Biden might want to return the United States to the Iranian nuclear deal, but the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that may be impossible.

“I cannot imagine that they are going simply to say, ‘We are back to square one’ because —square one is no longer there,” Rafael Grossi said in an interview with Reuters. “It is clear that there will have to be a protocol or an agreement or an understanding or some ancillary document which will stipulate clearly what we do.”

“There is more (nuclear) material, … there is more activity, there are more centrifuges, and more are being announced. So what happens with all this? This is the question for them at the political level to decide.”

Biden wrote a column in August advocating for the U.S. return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and recently also hinted that he would lift the crippling sanctions that President Donald Trump imposed on Tehran in a maximum pressure policy.

Trump withdrew from the deal in May 2018 and instead exerted “maximum pressure” on Iran to urge the country to halt its nuclear bomb pursuit. Many people see Iran as on the brink of collapse economically, but they continue to pour finds into both their nuclear program and terrorism around the Middle East. 

Last month their top Nuclear scientist was assassinated. Many believe Israel was behind it and it was a preemptive strike to slow down their progress. 

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said that going back to the Iranian nuclear deal “would be devastating and a massive step backward.”

And I agree with Governor Haley. Iran cannot be trusted. It is best to rely on espionage and military superiority to hold Iran in check. 

In a conversation with Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, Haley said that U.S. sanctions under President Donald Trump against Iran have crippled the Iranian economy and that the U.S. should wait for Iran to come to the negotiating table on its own.

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