Another week, another round of games from Tehran as it continues taking advantage of Team Biden’s inexplicable eagerness to reenter the nuclear deal — an eagerness even 11 days of rocket attacks on Israel by Iran-funded Hamas haven’t cooled.
On Sunday, the Islamic Republic said it was cutting off International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors’ access to surveillance images of its nuclear sites. A day later, IAEA chief Rafael Mariano Grossi announced Iran had agreed to allow it after all … for a month. Pointing to Iran’s increased nuclear activity, he said, “I want to stress this is not ideal, all right?”
Indeed, it’s not. This follows a three-month deal after Iran threatened last year to stop inspections entirely if Europe didn’t provide sanctions relief. Tehran didn’t get that cash, but the temporary agreement allows “less access, let’s face it,” Grossi said in February.
Meanwhile, Tehran has begun producing uranium metal, which has zero civilian use.
The country’s latest gambit comes as nuclear talks resume in Vienna this week. “We recommend the negotiating countries to seize the extra opportunity provided by Iran in good faith for the complete lifting of sanctions in a practical and verifiable manner,” Iran’s IAEA rep crowed.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken knows the regime is evil. “Iran is engaged in a number of activities, including funding extremist groups, supporting terrorism more broadly, supporting very dangerous proxies that are taking destabilizing actions throughout the Middle East, proliferating weapons,” he conceded Sunday on ABC News. But he said Team Biden is still willing to lift sanctions and give Iran access to more money with which to commit these crimes.
“The first thing we need to do is put the nuclear problem back in the box,” Blinken said, arguing a nuke deal would be a “platform” from which to begin addressing other issues.
Tehran spent its windfall from the Obama nuclear deal not on helping its own impoverished people but on its military and terrorist proxies — and the deal didn’t even keep it from producing a weapon, but at best delayed it while legitimizing an Iranian bomb after a decade. Hamas’ recent assault on Israeli civilians is a reminder of what Iran would do with fresh bribes under a renewed nuke deal. Was President Joe Biden paying any attention?