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June 4, 2024

Biden’s wishful thinking vs. Iran’s trail of terror and deceit

Since President Joe Biden took office, he has made it clear that he hopes to return to the nuclear deal with Iran. The deal, formerly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed in 2015 but was abandoned by former President Donald Trump in 2018. Biden's administration believes reentering this deal can pave the way for diplomacy with Iran and prevent the nation from developing nuclear weapons. However, this hope faces significant challenges due to Iran's history of terror activities and deceit. Iran, known for its support of terrorist groups in the Middle East, has been accused of a number of attacks on commercial ships in the Gulf. The country also continues to develop its missile program, and its transparency regarding its nuclear activities remains questionable. Therefore, any negotiation to restore the deal must consider these troubling actions. Critics argue that returning to the JCPOA could possibly confirm Iran’s trail of terror, giving them a financial boost without ensuring they limit their nuclear ambitions. On the other hand, supporters contend that remaining outside the deal will give Iran a free pass to continue their nuclear activity without any checks and balances. Ultimately, President Biden's intentions represent optimism for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear challenge. But, this same optimism also runs the risk of underestimating Iran's habit of duplicity. The administration will need to devise a strategy that can reconcile diplomacy with the stark realities of Iran's behavior, making sure that any revived deal successfully curbs