Nuclear Deal Imminent
This week it is very likely that the U.S. along with the United Nations Security Council’s P5+1 (which includes Russia) will announce the reestablishment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Additionally, to alleviate gas prices in the U.S., Biden Administration officials want to import oil from Iran and Venezuela. These are enemies of the United States.
So, in the midst of Ukraine being invaded by Russia without provocation, we have Russia bartering our deal with Iran right now. And the response by the Biden Administration is to give Iran the green light on their nuclear program and lift sanctions on oil, essentially allowing them back into the world economy.
As a precondition to the Iran deal, the Russians want approval first. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov clearly laid this out:
We have asked for a written U.S. guarantee . . . that the current process triggered by the United States does not in any way damage our right to free and full trade, economic and investment cooperation and military-technical cooperation with the Islamic State.
ACLJ Senior Military Analyst Wes Smith explained what this statement means:
This falls in the category not of diplomacy, but of blackmail. The Biden Administration . . . they are so interested in putting a checkbox in the win column for their legacy of diplomacy that they are willing to risk everything just to say they signed an agreement with Iran, even though it’s a horrible agreement. Let me point out four quick things about the difficulty with the Iran deal. First, we don’t know where they are in their enrichment program because it’s been 2+ years since we’ve had any inspectors there. They were at 60% enrichment last time we knew. For all we know, they are already at 90%, which is weapons-grade enrichment. Secondly . . . it was signed in 2015 – the original JCPOA. It is designed to start going away 11 years after it has been signed, which is in 3-4 more years, it will start going away.
Another condition to rejoining the JCPOA reportedly is to remove the Iranian Revolutionary Guard from the foreign terrorist list. When asked for a status update, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said:
Look, there – we are close. We are making progress. But we are – there is still more work to be done, and I’m just not going to negotiate from here.
Why would we remove the largest exporter of terrorism in the world from the watchlist? The Biden Administration is trying to solve the oil and gas issue in the U.S. by buying oil that will fund terrorist regimes.
ACLJ Senior Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy and former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell gave his take on these moves by the Biden Administration:
Look, there is no possible way that we can have an Iran deal without cutting a deal with the Russians. . . . The priority for the Biden Administration is to get any deal in Iran. In order to get a deal in Iran, you have to deal with the Russians and make sure they aren’t too angry with you. What does that mean? When Russia is doing their offensive moves in Ukraine, and the Biden team cares more about an Iran deal, they are literally letting the Russians get away with murder because they are more focused in an Iran deal.
Ric added what he thought of the Russian demands:
This is the problem when we are negotiating when the Biden Administration is negotiating and not putting America first. . . . Biden cares more about having a deal where other countries say yes, we are with you, and we are going to sign off on this agreement rather than protecting America. You cannot be negotiating an Iran deal right now with the Russians. Because the Russians obviously have a whole other offense going on in Ukraine. It is literally not something that Americans are going to benefit from if our government is trading policies between Iran and Ukraine with the Russians and that’s exactly what is happening.
Another item on the Biden Administration’s agenda – besides importing oil from these countries and reentering the Iran nuclear deal – is to protect abortion rights. We are fighting back against that agenda around the world. ACLJ Senior Counsel Geoff Surtees joined Sekulow to discuss one of our recent cases:
Louisville’s only abortion clinic has been yelling and clamoring for an abortion buffer zone for years, they finally got it last year. The ordinance says you cannot go within 10 feet of the entrance of an abortion clinic. . . . Now, 10 feet might not seem like a big deal. But ask every sidewalk counselor, and you’re going to get the same response, every second counts. Sometimes a woman thinking about whether or not to have that abortion is going to change their mind at the very last second. So that 10 feet is an important public space where sidewalk counselors need to be able to go, counsel women, let them know of other options available . . . but because the abortionists are in cahoots with the city council, they get their no speech zone and there we are in federal court.
We are fighting in federal court and all over the country for the constitutional rights of those who are on the front lines trying to save unborn babies. We will continue to monitor this case and provide you with updates.
Today’s full Sekulow broadcast is complete with even more analysis of developments on the Iran nuclear deal and the ACLJ’s pro-life case.
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