Biden blasts Trump's decision on Iran

Former Vice President says Iran deal took years to form and Trump will be hard pressed to find a better agreement.

Elad Benari,

Joe Biden
Joe Biden
Reuters

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump after he announced his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord and reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

In a statement, Biden said "it took years" to form the agreement and that no next step is apparent. He suggested that the Trump administration would be hard-pressed to more effectively curtail Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"Talk of a 'better deal' is an illusion," Biden said, according to The Hill. "It took years of sanctions pressure, painstaking diplomacy, and the full support of the international community to achieve that goal. We have none of that in place today."

Biden called Trump's move to pull the U.S. out of the multilateral accord, which could possibly unravel entirely the 2015 agreement that allows international inspection of the country's nuclear facilities in exchange for sanctions relief, a "profound mistake" and "unnecessary crisis" that alienates key allies.

"All it will likely accomplish is to put Iran back on the path to a nuclear weapon with no clear diplomatic way out," Biden warned, adding that the U.S. is now on a "collision course not only with an adversary but also with our closest partners."

Earlier, former President Barack Obama also blasted Trump’s decision and called it “misguided”.

"The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. And the JCPOA is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish – its inspections and verification regime is precisely what the United States should be working to put in place with North Korea. Indeed, at a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans," Obama wrote.

"That is why today’s announcement is so misguided. Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers," he added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed Trump’s announcement, saying, "Israel fully supports President Trump’s bold decision today to reject the disastrous nuclear deal with the terrorist regime in Tehran.”

“Israel has opposed the nuclear deal from the start because we said that rather than blocking Iran’s path to a bomb, the deal actually paved Iran’s path to an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs, and this within a few years’ time. The removal of sanctions under the deal has already produced disastrous results. The deal didn’t push war further away, it actually brought it closer. The deal didn’t reduce Iran’s aggression, it dramatically increased it, and we see this across the entire Middle East. Since the deal, we’ve seen Iran’s aggression grow every day- in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Yemen, in Gaza, and most of all, in Syria, where Iran is trying to establish military bases from which to attack Israel,” he added.




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