As negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program were held in Vienna on Monday, more than three years after the United States withdrew from an international deal, anti-war groups called the Biden administration “to choose the proven path of peace” and to re-enter the pact for the benefit of the Iranians, Americans and the people of the world.
“We have waited long enough” noted Sara Haghdoosti, deputy director of the American organization Win Without War. “In the name of peace, in the name of prosperity, for the safety of people in Iran and the United States, it is time to put the differences aside and return to the Iran nuclear deal.
“The Iranian people have for too long been forced to fight on two fronts: against a repressive government at home and against a murderous sanctions and hawkish regime from abroad.
As a presidential candidate, President Joe Biden has vowed to reinstate the nuclear deal – officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – which, from 2015 to 2018, placed restrictions on the civilian nuclear technology program of Iran while lifting severe economic sanctions against the country.
The deal was an “incredible success,” Haghdoosti noted, but with Biden nearly a year in his presidency, the JCPOA’s “hard-earned gains” were erased – “helping fuel a hard-line victory for the JCPOA. national elections, freeing the Iranian nuclear program, and causing immense suffering to ordinary people.
Iranian economy grew up by 12.5% in 2016 after the Obama administration negotiated the JCPOA, but since former President Donald Trump abandoned the deal in 2018, with sanctions affecting the country’s energy and industrial metals sectors have caused the value of the Iranian currency to fall and the unemployment rate to rise. Last month, Biden came under fire for imposing new sanctions.
“The Iranian people have for too long been forced to fight on two fronts: against a repressive government at home and a murderous sanctions and hawkish regime from abroad,” Haghdoosti said. “In recent years this gratuitous cruelty has reached a new extreme, as first Trump, then Biden, refused the global call to lift sanctions even during an unprecedented pandemic. Maintaining these sanctions is not only ineffective, it is deeply inhuman. “
The main media outlets on Monday published Headlines suggesting Iran needs to prove to the United States and other countries that it is “serious” to revert to the JCPOA, despite the Trump administration abandoning the deal, leading to Win Without War to recall the US-Iranian relations in the past several years.
Assal Rad, senior researcher at the Iranian-American National Council (NIAC), noted that US and Israeli officials have spent decades claiming that Iran is on the verge of developing a nuclear bomb, although Iran has maintained that research and development of nuclear energy is for peaceful purposes.
“If the United States is really concerned about the alleged nuclear threat posed by Iran,” tweeted CODEPINK, “then he could still, you know, join the Iran nuclear deal.”