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A leaked video has shown President Joe Biden making a stunning admission about the Iran nuclear deal. Not only did he claim the deal was “dead” but he appeared to say that Iran has a nuclear weapon.
“Biden was meeting with supporters and Iranian activists during a campaign rally with Democratic Rep. Mike Levin in Oceanside, California on November 4,” The Daily Mail reported.
“President Biden, can you please announce that JCPOA is dead? Can you just announce that?” one woman asked the president before he answered that he could not and she asked, “why?”
“A lot of reasons. It is dead, but we’re not gonna announce it,” he said.
“We just don’t want any deals with the Mullahs. They don’t represent us,” the woman said to the president.
“I know they don’t represent you. But they have a nuclear weapon they’ll represent,” the president said, apparently confirming that the Iranians have a nuclear weapon.
« L’ACCORD SUR LE NUCLÉAIRE iranien (JCPOA) est mort, mais nous n’allons pas l’annoncer ». Déclaration sans précédent du président américain JOE BIDEN, dévoilée par @DamonMaghsoudi, qui date de la fin de campagne des Midterms en Californie le 4 novembre.pic.twitter.com/IpUyXsndKO
— Armin Arefi (@arminarefi) December 20, 2022
The Daily Mail reported:
In November Iran began producing enriched uranium at 60 percent purity at the country’s underground Fordo nuclear plant, official media reported, just a shy step away from the 90 percent purity needed to make a nuclear bomb.
Former President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Obama-brokered Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018 before Biden officials began negotiations to revive the deal.
The deal eased sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear program. Iran resumed its nuclear work after the deal fell apart though denied it was working toward producing a bomb.
Talks to bring back the deal took a back burner over the summer, though U.S. officials have said they want to restore the agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Biden in the clip seems to suggest they already have one.
In April, Dozens of retired generals and admirals sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him and his administration to abandon attempts to restart the Iran nuclear deal negotiated during former President Barack Obama’s tenure but canceled by former President Donald Trump.
“In Ukraine, we are bearing witness to the horrors of a country ruthlessly attacking its neighbor and, by brandishing its nuclear weapons, forcing the rest of the world largely to stand on the sidelines,” the letter, which was written in coordination with the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), said.
“The new Iran deal currently being negotiated, which Russia has played a central role in crafting, will enable the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to cast its own nuclear shadow over the Middle East,” the letter continued, according to Fox News, which was the first to report it.
The network adds:
Top military officials expressed concern that the Biden administration’s determination to re-enter a nuclear deal with Tehran could weaken the U.S.’s position to hold Iran accountable.
Despite warnings from member nations like the U.K., France and Germany, the U.S. abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018 under the Trump administration over what it regarded as weak points in the deal.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), did not report that Tehran had violated the JCPOA, but Iran’s continued deployment of ballistic missiles – capable of carrying a nuclear warhead – prompted the U.S. to withdraw from the agreement.
Retired Air Force Gen. Charles Wald, a former deputy commander of U.S. European Command (EUCOM), noted that he is in support of finding a workable solution to preventing nuclear proliferation in the Middle East using diplomacy. But he did say that no deal with Iran is better than a bad one.
“The idea of an agreement is a good idea. We agree with diplomacy,” Wald told Fox News. “But we agreed with a fair agreement that would not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon breakout and then have weapons delivery systems that would then change the dynamic in the Middle East – particularly for Israel but all other countries too.”
Israel is not a declared nuclear power but is widely believed to possess them.
Fox News noted, “Wald said one of his chief concerns with the latest deal is that the Biden administration is not considering Iran’s role in fueling terrorism and backing rebel groups in the war in Yemen – a war that has prompted one of the greatest humanitarian crises.”