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As Biden Fiddles, Top Russian Negotiator Says Iran Nuclear Deal Close 

As Biden Fiddles, Top Russian Negotiator Says Iran Nuclear Deal Close 

Biden’s embarrassing concessions may include lifting of all sanctions on Iran, removing IRGC from terror list.

While President Joe Biden’s administration is apparently keeping the details of the new Iran deal from Congress and the American people, Russia’s chief nuclear negotiator claims that the nuclear agreement could be finalized within hours.

The Obama-era deal with Iran could be restored in “24 hours, maybe 48 hours,” Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov told reporters on Thursday. The negotiating parties deliberating in Vienna, Austria have resolved all major differences, and “the outstanding issues are relatively small,” the envoy added.

Embarrassing concessions by the Biden White House could include lifting all sanctions on Iran and removing the Islamic Guard Corps (IRGC), the regime’s foreign terrorist arm, from the U.S. terror list.

Other negotiators in Vienna also echoed the statement made by their Russian counterparts. “After weeks of intense negotiations in Vienna involving the U.S. and Iran, and Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, senior diplomats said they were now within reach of an agreement that would restore the 2015 deal,” The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The Biden White House hopes to ram his deal through, despite the Republican opposition over the issue in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. On Wednesday, NBC News reported that the “Biden administration is gambling it can withstand fierce Republican opposition and return the U.S. to” the 2015 deal.

Reuters reported the key role played by the Russians as the deal is being finalized:

Talks on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal appeared to near a climax with talk of an imminent ministerial meeting as a U.N. report on Thursday showed Iran is most of the way to amassing enough enriched uranium for one bomb if purified further.

“We are close to a possible deal,” Jalina Porter, the U.S. State Department’s principal deputy spokesperson, told reporters but cautioned that unsolved issues remained and that time was of the essence given the pace of Iran’s nuclear advances. (…)

The U.N. nuclear watchdog report was seen by Reuters as negotiators seek to resurrect the deal between world powers and Iran under which Tehran agreed to limit its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions that slashed its oil exports. (…)

“There are some issues that need to be finalised … the outstanding issues are relatively small, but not yet settled,” said Russia’s envoy, Mikhail Ulyanov, who in public has been the most optimistic participant in the 11 months of talks.

Ulyanov told reporters that he did not believe the talks would now collapse and a ministerial meeting – typically where a deal would be blessed – was likely but he could not say if it would be on Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

The news comes as France and Germany are putting massive pressure to close the deal with the Iranians. “There is indeed critical urgency to conclude the negotiations this week,” France’s foreign ministry spokesman said this week.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is also pushing the Western negotiators to strike a deal with the Mullah regime. “Now is the time to make a decision,” the German leader said on Wednesday. “This must not be postponed any longer and cannot be postponed any longer.”

China-Russia-Iran: The New Axis

Russia, which is also Iran’s preferred weapons supplier, has played a crucial role in the Vienna talks to restore the failed 2015 deal. With Moscow facing increasing isolation in the West in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine, Kremlin hopes to boost its global image by playing the peacemaker.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine, Iran’s Mullahs have his back. On February 24, as the Russian leader ordered the invasion, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi expressed support for his position. “President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. The president of Iran expressed understanding concerning Russia’s security concerns caused by the destabilizing actions of the US and NATO,” the Russian foreign ministry’s statement said.

As China-Russia military alliance takes shape — with both powers signing a defense agreement, Iran is eying to join this axis aimed at the U.S. and its Western allies. Last month, Iranian, Chinese, and Russian navies fought war games in the northern Indian Ocean. With the $400 billion trade and military agreement reached between China and Iran in 2020, Tehran allows the Chinese military to use its military and air bases, the media reports say.

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Comments

2smartforlibs | March 4, 2022 at 1:12 pm

Trolls: Is this better than mean tweets?

Does this require ratification?

    MattMusson in reply to Petrushka. | March 4, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Because we are signatories to the Vienna Accords, by International Law treaties become effective when the head of state signs them. And, they remain in effect until the head of state repudiates them.

    This was true with the original deal. It was never ratified so Donald Trump could repudiate it. If it had been ratified, it would have required Congress to modify it.

healthguyfsu | March 4, 2022 at 1:45 pm

Downright ridiculous….Iran broke the first deal, Trump was just the first POTUS to hold them to the lax standards that they agreed to but then breached.

China, Russia, Iran. They will all come up against Israel. They will all be utterly destroyed by Almighty God. That’s a promise!

Steven Brizel | March 4, 2022 at 3:19 pm

Read this linked article and you will see just how awful this deal is for the US and a complete betrayal of any friendship with Israelhttps://melaniephillips.substack.com/p/perfidy-in-vienna?s=w

Biden fiddles while Russia makes nuclear deal with Iran

That’s figurative for Biden eats pudding while America burns.

Barky’s cabal just can’t wait to hand Iran a nuclear weapon

At this point, I am sick of hearing about the labor pains…show me the baby!

Biden admin is under increasing pressure to halt US purchases of Russian oil which would limit incoming funds to Putin but would cause $150-$200 a barrel prices. Problem is:
A. The d/prog globalist greens want higher oil and fuel prices to embark on the green giveaway to solar/wind/EV which in turn puts $ into their pockets at the expense of the average person/family
B. These green/globalist have already staked out a position in opposition to increased US domestic production and N American production (keystone) HoR voted down another r sponsored oil plan today.

How does the Biden admin thread the needle between increasingly PO voters over high gas price and their green globalist $ constituency?

Iran. They make a crappy deal. Why well DJT was opposed to it so that’s a plus from their perspective. More importantly Iran can provide some cushion to the world oil market. They can ramp up to 1.2 -1.4 (ish) million bpd quickly with more in 6-8 months. Plus there are tens of millions barrels of Iranian oil stranded on tankers at sea that could come to market very quickly.

In sum, Biden and his globalist green pals are going to upgrade the ability of Iran to make war in short term and push Iran, China and Russia, among others, together long-term while doing squat towards reducing our dependence on non North American oil.

This isn’t a “deal.” It’s a total capitulation. But Neville Chamberlain like he simply wants a piece of paper to show so he can claim a foreign policy win.

All he’s good at is selling out the country and our allies. Remember the sh*tshow that was the Afghanistan withdrawal. He left thousands of Americans behind, didn’t confer with our allies leaving them totally caught by surprise, and got 13 servicemembers killed (the bloodiest single day for American forces in well over a decade) so he could have a victory speech on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

If you remember that the left hates us and this country, then everything from their energy policy to their immigration policy makes sense.

BLM and the AntiFacists deserve centrifuges as much as Al and Jesse do.

Al has a degree in NoClearScience from T. Bradley U., just an upscale reach north of NYC HARLEM.

Apparently the war has sidelined the deal.

And Persians in Iran are openly supporting Ukraine.

    Steven Brizel in reply to Petrushka. | March 6, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Putin is waging a multi front campaign against the US which he sees as weak and unwilling to support its allies ( which has been the case with Democrats since Vietnam). Putin is the matchmaker but doing Teheran’s biding

Steven Brizel | March 6, 2022 at 12:01 pm

https://melaniephillips.substack.com/p/perfidy-in-vienna?s=r
If Biden is “negotiating “in this awful manner with Putin as the “matchmaker”, let’s see what else he promises Putin to close the deal-like ensuring that no sanctions have any impact on military and technical “cooperation” between Moscow and Teheran

Steven Brizel | March 6, 2022 at 12:08 pm

Putin is waging a multi front campaign against the US which he sees as weak and unwilling to support its allies ( which has been the case with Democrats since Vietnam). Putin is the matchmaker but doing Teheran’s biding

So Briben is planning to go to war against Russia while financing their war costs by importing their natgas? And giving Iran the nuke plus cash while also importing their oil? Can their be worse deals? Tell me how! This is so wrong on all levels and every detail. Our enemy government is supposedly avoiding war by unilateral and comprehensive surrender of the US.