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US never carried out its obligations under JCPOA: Analyst

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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The US administration never carried out its obligations under the 2015 Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and failed to submit the treaty for Senate ratification, according to an American political analyst.

Charles Dunaway made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday after Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi said the world must give Iran the right not to trust the US because of its inconsistent actions.  

"On the one hand, the Americans are sending the message that they are ready to negotiate, but on the other hand, they are adding to the sanctions. The world should give us the right not to trust them," he told a group of people in Tehran on Friday.

His remarks came after the administration of US President Joe Biden on Thursday imposed a new round of sanctions on Iranian petrochemical producers as well as a network of Chinese, Emirati and Indian companies over what the US Treasury described as facilitating the export of Iran's oil.

The US Treasury Department said in a statement that the new restrictive measures were aimed at piling up pressure on Iran amid stalled negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran deal.

On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also reiterated Tehran’s resolve to continue talks on the revival of the 2015 multilateral agreement but called for an end to Washington’s “sanctions lunacy” and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s “politicized approach” over the country’s nuclear program.

Amir-Abdollahian said the Iranian administration is abiding by a December 2020 parliamentary law, which obligated the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to further reduce the country’s nuclear commitments to the 2015 Iran deal in response to the US withdrawal from the agreement.

“In some ways the JCPOA represented a turning point in US diplomacy.  Since the demise of the Soviet Union with the US elites sensing their ‘unipolar moment’, the US primarily negotiated with weak nations or nations whose governments were led by pro-US interests.  In those cases, the US simply dictated terms, issued threats, and demanded assent,” said Dunaway.

“With Iran, a larger, more powerful and fiercely proud nation, that was not possible.  The Obama administration took a different route:  it agreed to some Iranian demands in order to declare a diplomatic victory, but simply never carried out its obligations under the treaty.  The Obama administration also failed to submit the treaty for Senate ratification, thus removing any constitutional commitment to the agreement for subsequent governments,” he added.  

“President Obama knew that the JCPOA would never be ratified by the Senate due to pressure from the Zionist lobby.  President Biden’s team is aware that any new agreement cannot be ratified either.  Therefore as a practical matter, no agreement between the US and Iran can be guaranteed beyond January 2024, and it is highly unlikely that the Zionist-dominated Congress would permit a serious reduction in sanctions,” he stated.   

“The advanced age of President Biden means he is unlikely to be nominated for a second term, and the Democratic Party has no plausible candidate to oppose the Republicans, particularly if Donald Trump runs again.  If the JCPOA were to be revived, it will be killed in 2024,” he said.  

“The US simply cannot negotiate a lasting diplomatic agreement with any of its designated ‘enemies’.  The neoconservatives dominate the leadership of both parties and they are committed to total US hegemony over the world.  Any agreement with Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela or Iran could not be ratified and would likely be rejected by the next administration.  The neoconservatives are also dedicated Zionists and oppose any agreement with Iran that does not meet with the approval of the Zionist regime,” Dunaway noted.

“As the Russians have said, the US is not agreement-capable.  The Biden administration only entered negotiations to keep up appearances and stall for time while the Israeli regime acts with ever-increasing belligerence and impunity against those who threaten its apartheid regime.  The recent murder of Shireen Abu Akleh, the bombing of Damascus airport, the threat against the residence of the Syrian President, and the increasing violence of the occupation show that the Israeli regime has been given carte blanche by the US.  The US is more likely to support a military attack on Iran than a peace agreement,” the analyst said.

“The government of Iran has negotiated in good faith and demonstrated its commitment to peace and international law.  The United States is unable to do the same,” Dunaway concluded.


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