Biden Likely to Reengage 2015 Nuke Deal; Iran Demands Sanctions Be Dropped Before Return to Negotiating Table; Blinken Warns Iran Could Be Weeks Away from Nuclear Weapon

Former Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland says the Biden administration is likely to look to renegotiate a deal for Iran’s return to the 2015 nuclear deal. Reported by Fox News. Read more… In another Fox interview, McFarland said that due to former President Trump’s sanctions, Iran had no leverage left over the United States that would enable them to pressure the Biden administration to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal. “Between the sanctions that Trump put on and the low price of oil, their economy is in tatters,” McFarland said. He also said that Iranian leverage “would be a joke except for the fact that nuclear weapons are involved and the security of the entire region.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Reports that the Biden administration is considering a return to the nuclear deal are even more alarming considering U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s warning that Iran could be weeks away from a nuclear weapon. In his first major interview as Secretary of State, Blinken said Iran could be on course to obtain enough fissile material to build a nuclear weapon within months. He added that if Iran continues to lift restrictions from the 2015 nuclear deal, it could be “a matter of weeks.” Reported by The Independent. Read more… According to reports, U.N. inspectors have found traces of radioactivity at two sites in Iran, an indication of possible undeclared nuclear activity. Diplomats privy to the report say samples taken at two sites contained traces of radioactive material that could indicate Tehran has been working on nuclear weapons. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, is demanding that the Biden administration lift sanctions if it wants Iran to honor its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Khamenei made the demand on Iranian state television. Reported by Fox News. Read more… Mohammad Javid Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, is also reportedly urging President Biden to make the first move towards reviving the 2015 nuclear deal by removing all sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

U.S. Representative Greg Murphy, R-North Carolina, is urging the Biden administration to continue former U.S. President Donald Trump’s hardline approach to Iran. In a Fox News Interview, Murphy said Iran has “funded terrorist organization around the world” and have “explicitly stated they want to wipe out Israel.” Summing up, he said, “So these folks are not our friends, and to try and appease them is simply a ridiculous foreign policy.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…