In remarks this week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was upbeat and positive about President-elect Joe Biden, telling his countrymen that he has all the confidence in the world that once Biden is inaugurated, the U.S. will quickly give up all of its demands, let Iran rejoin the nuclear deal, and take away the economic sanctions that have been placed against the nation under the leadership of President Donald Trump.
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have intensified under Trump as the Republican president ripped up the nuclear agreement, snapped sanctions back into place, and even authorized a strike that killed terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani in 2019. Trump’s hope was that increased pressure would force the Islamic regime back to the table to hammer out a new agreement – one that would actually stop them from getting the bomb as well as put an end to their global terror campaign. Had Trump secured a second term, that might well have played out.
Unfortunately, Iran is once again in prime position to take full advantage of America’s weakest link: The Democratic Party.
“I have no doubt that the heroic national resistance of Iran is going to compel the future U.S. government to bow … and the sanctions will be broken,” Rouhani said Thursday.
Earlier in the week, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said that he was willing to work with the new administration if Biden is ready to lift the punishing sanctions.
“If the sanctions can be lifted in a correct, wise, Iranian-Islamic, and dignified manner, this should be done,” the ayatollah said. “But our main focus should be on neutralizing the sanctions, and the initiative for this is in your hands. The lifting of sanctions is in the hands of the enemy, but nullifying them is in our hands.”
Biden said on the campaign trail that he would be willing to rejoin the original nuclear agreement if Iran was willing to adhere to strict compliance with the deal’s terms. However, Biden is actually out of step with the international community with that promise: The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency said this week that Iran has violated too many of the terms to reconstruct the Obama-era agreement and that there would need to be an entirely new deal under Biden.
When your president-elect is actually staking out a WEAKER position than the United Nations, you know you’ve got trouble on your hands.