The Biden administration lifted some economic sanctions that Trump imposed on the Iranian regime in 2017, while diplomatic talks on the possibility of returning to the controversial Iran nuclear pact are ongoing.
According to a Free Beacon report, on Nov. 19, the State Department signed a notice rescinding one of the economic sanctions that will allow Iran to sell electricity to Iraq for a four-month term.
The notification was only transmitted to Congress on Nov. 29, a government source explained, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the same day that leaders of the world’s major powers met in Vienna to begin negotiations with the Iranian regime aimed at returning to Obama’s nuclear pact, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Critics see the Biden administration’s decision as a ‘goodwill gesture’ to the Iranian regime to convince them to sign the nuclear pact. The Democratic administration sees it as the best option to prevent Tehran from pursuing its nuclear ambitions while allowing the regime to achieve some financial stability.
According to the State Department’s notification to Congress, the reason for lifting the sanction is because Iraq, a U.S. ally, is dependent on the Iranian resource.
“The secretary has renewed the sanctions waiver for Iraq to engage in financial transactions related to the import of electricity from Iran. The waiver ensures that Iraq is able to meet its short-term energy needs while it takes steps to reduce its dependence on Iranian energy imports.”
The Iranian regime’s aggressive stance
Criticism of the Biden administration for its diplomatic approach to Iran revolves around the Iranian regime, which not only continued to acquire uranium and build nuclear power plants but has openly demanded that to begin negotiations, the U.S. must lift all economic sanctions, which would mean millions of dollars in the hands of the totalitarian regime.
On top of all that, during the negotiations in Vienna on Monday, Nov. 29, U.S. diplomatic representatives had to leave for a hotel near the meeting site because the Iranians would not agree to talk face-to-face with them.
According to Fox News, Iran’s nuclear weapons program had made great strides since January 2021, when Biden took office as president.
Iran has enriched uranium to 60% uranium 235, a level very close to weapons-grade. Israeli intelligence services recently reported that Iran might soon produce enriched uranium for weapons.
Days before the negotiations began, an Iranian army general reiterated his regime’s desire to make the Jewish state, a major U.S. ally, disappear.
“We will not back off from the annihilation of Israel, even one millimeter. We want to destroy Zionism in the world,” said Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi.
What the Iranian people think
A group of Iranian activists strongly urged President Biden not to return to the nuclear pact because that would only give the regime strength to continue living. As long as it does, it will continue to subjugate the Iranian people who, according to various reports, have been suppressed from protesting and even would be killed to do so.
“If the U.S. goes back to the nuclear deal, that’s the same thing would happen as happened back in 2015. Iran, the regime of Iran, is going to gain almost $160 billion and 1.7 billion Euros, and yet it is not going to stop its nuclear actions, and actually they even develop their ballistics and drone military drone programs,” Fox News quoted Ali, an Iranian activist, as saying.
Sima, another of the activists who spoke anonymously, referred to what Iran experienced after 2015 when Obama entered into the Iran deal, which meant millions of dollars were falling into the hands of the authoritarian regime.
“After the JCPOA deal in 2015, the regime took the cash and spent it on terrorism. Our women in Iran resort to prostitution for a piece of bread. Lifting sanctions or giving cash to the regime will only prolong its life, the life of the dictatorship,” Sima asserted.