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Iran Dictator Threatens Biden

He better act now!

The mullahs hand-picked hardliner Ebrahim Raisi for a reason, after all. Not only did the new Iranian president rule out any direct negotiations with Joe Biden on the previous JCPOA nuclear deal without the end of all sanctions, Raisi won’t discuss any ancillary issues at all — such as Iran’s missile program.

How desperate will Biden be to accommodate Raisi in order to re-embrace Barack Obama’s Iran deal?

Iran’s president-elect Ebrahim Raisi has wasted no time in setting out his hardline agenda. Raisi said on Monday that he would not meet with President Joe Biden even if the opportunity arose.
At an inaugural press conference, Iran’s new political leader said Washington should immediately return to the 2015 nuclear deal that former President Donald Trump walked away from and lift all sanctions against his country. Raisi also said that Iran’s ballistic missile program and its backing of extremist groups across the Middle East were non-negotiable, despite demands by some in the U.S. that those issues be included in negotiations over a prospective return to the nuclear pact.
The former head of Iran’s powerful judiciary called himself “a defender of human rights” after being asked directly about his involvement in the 1988 mass execution of some 5,000 people who dared to speak out against the regime. CBS News senior foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer, who was at the press conference, said Raisi’s claim will have struck many reform-minded Iranians as far-fetched.

It’s that history that should inform Biden’s next steps, says hardline Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Oh wait, it’s not Netanyahu — it’s Naftali Bennett reminding Biden and the world that the Iranian mullahs picked “the Hangman of Tehran” to run their government:

In Bennett’s first televised cabinet meeting on Sunday, he scorched Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi— whose election was dubious at best—before warning the free world against engaging with Iran’s new leader who is “infamous among Iranians and across the world for leading the death committees which executed thousands of innocent Iranian citizens throughout the years.”
“Raisi’s election is, I would say, the last chance for world powers to wake up before returning to the nuclear agreement and to understand who they are doing business with. These guys are murderers, mass murderers. A regime of brutal hangmen must never be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction that will enable it not to kill thousands, but millions—Israel’s position will not change on this.”

The real question here is what Biden chooses to do now that Raisi has issued this ultimatum. Biden wants to return to the JCPOA, as do the leaders of other Western nations anxious to do business with Iran for its energy output. However, caving on this point would make Biden look extraordinarily weak, especially in chasing after a deal which was extraordinarily weak in the first place. Capitulating to the Hangman of Tehran would ice Biden’s reputation as a pushover, which he can hardly afford.

Raisi wants to pressure the US in another way — by putting a wedge between the US and Saudi Arabia:

Raisi also said his administration would be open to restoring ties with Iran’s regional foe Saudi Arabia.
“There are no obstacles from Iran’s side to re-opening embassies… there are no obstacles to ties with Saudi Arabia,” he said.
Ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia were cut in 2016 after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions following the kingdom’s execution of a revered Shiite cleric.
The two sides are reported to have been engaged in talks hosted by Baghdad since April to improve relations.

That’s easier said than done, however. Iran’s meddling in Yemen and its establishment of a Syrian position is clearly intended as an encirclement strategy not just of Israel but of Saudi Arabia — and perhaps primarily the latter. Iran has pressed a Shi’ite claim of supremacy over the holy sites of Islam against the Wahhabi Sunni stewardship of the Saudis. Raisi and the radical clerics in Ali Khamenei’s clique might see a momentary advantage in warming up to the Saudis, but the Saudis won’t be easily fooled on this point. Especially not with Iran-backed Houthis turning Yemen into a failed state on its southern border.

If Biden’s not willing to capitulate, he will have no choice but to continue the “maximum pressure” campaign started by Donald Trump to force Raisi to compromise. Like so many other policies in Biden’s short tenure, it seems as though Biden’s simply following his predecessor’s playbook, mainly because he doesn’t appear to have one of his own. If Biden does that with Iran, it might be the wisest foreign policy decision of his presidency.

Sources: HotAir: New Iranian president: No meeting with Biden until “all oppressive sanctions” lifted

What do you think?

Written by Joshua Jackson

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  1. Biden “should know”, “you can’t negotiate with CRAZY”! Biden and his “TEAM” should know that from the RUSSIA talks in Alaska! But the Demwitts have NOT DONE ANYTHING “RIGHT” since the FAKE ELECTION!

  2. Biden just trying to get the same amount of money that Kerry and Obama took for their own as part of the LAST Iran deal. Iran is doing the EXACT same thing that they did the last time.

  3. bidens past performance with foreign nations sucks……..he wii do no better now and wait and see iran will get nervious and start a war if biden does not offer any lifting if restraints remember that nut obama sent suitcases of money to iran to appease them………

  4. Hell everyone humiliates biden , not just our enemies . He’s a moron , a retarded fake president who can’t finish a complete sentence with out messing it up . This idoit evens gives so his son can pay hookers for sex … 25k to be exact . Could you imagine if this was trumps son ??? The world would stop . Why is it so different with the delusional democrats who are the real racists and corrupt as all hell . It’s right in front of you to see but most don’t care that our so called leaders are not suited to rule our country . So who’s fault is it that they are ??? Yours for letting the corruption run its corse for the delusional democrats to use voters fraud . You that back them and surport their corruption for their cause are the real problem in the country . Don’t blame me , I voted for trump

  5. xidung has no Spine or Guts! Every country he goes to they laugh at him. They all know that he is a Demented, Crooked, Incompetent Joke.

  6. You Can bet that the buffoon will huff and puff and then decide to send pallets of our tax dollars , lift all sanctions and kiss the Mullah’s stinking unwashed butts.

  7. PRESIDENT TRUMP WE NEED YOU IN CHARGE IN DC!!!
    the senile chinese stooge has no powers! that senile toothless mongrel cannot even proffer anything that can make Iran quake in their burnous.
    GOD, please, we need PRESIDENT TRUMP!

  8. This is a real test for the Biden administration. What will come out of it will be a true test of their strength if they have, every thing they put their hands to they have bungled from the southern border to the xl gas pipeline.

  9. What would you propose? Overthrow the clerics, and bring back the Shah? (You’ll have to settle for his oldest surviving son…Mohammed Reza Palavi, the Shah before 1979, died in 1981.) Or possibly bring in the B-52’s and missiles, and turn Teheran into a very large, glow-in-the-dark parking lot, because some of your older friends still hold the Iran Hostage Crisis against the clerics. You evidently won’t let go until you’ve had your “revenge”.

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