In an interview aired on July 13, Joe Biden, the President of the United States, said that his predecessor Donald J. Trump made a ‘gigantic mistake’ by pulling out America from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Accord. Biden said the Islamic Republic was now nearer to obtaining an atomic weapon.
On Wednesday, President Biden unlocked his leading trip to the Middle East since assuming office by offering concerned leaders of the State of Israel powerful guarantees of his determination to halt Iran’s developing atomic program and said he’d use military force as ‘a last resort’ to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
EXCLUSIVE @POTUS interview with @N12News: committed to keeping IRGC on the foreign terrorist organizations list even if it kills the deal; willing to use force “as last resort” pic.twitter.com/jWjLO0SVQz
— Yonit Levi (@LeviYonit) July 13, 2022
Joe Biden’s remarks come due to growing tensions with the Western Asian country as the President faces growing pressure from the US’ key Mideast allies to outline a framework to constrain the Islamic Republic, as hopes for restoring the original JCPOA appear to be fading.
While speaking in an interview with Channel 12 (Keshet 12), an Israeli free-to-air TV channel, recorded before Biden left D.C. on July 12, the U.S. President said he’d keep the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces, on the United States FTOs list even if that exterminated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
When questioned if Biden’s past statements that stopping the Islamic Republic from acquiring an atomic weapon meant he’d use military force, President Joe Biden answered: if that were the last resort, yes, he would use force. On the other hand, Tehran rejects seeking atomic weapons, saying that its atomic program is for exclusively peaceful purposes.
Iran struck the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a detailed, 159-page accord with five annexes reached by the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 (France, China, Russia, Germany, Britain, and America) on July 14, 2015. Under the agreement, Tehran limited its atomic program to make it challenging to acquire a nuke as compensation for relief from economic sanctions.
Donald Trump, the former President of the U.S., withdrew from the 2015 Iran agreement in 2018 and reimposed severe sanctions on the Islamic Republic, persuading Tehran to start violating the accord’s uranium enrichment limits nearly twelve months later.