Retired U.S. general and admirals call upon Biden not to return to the Iran nuclear deal

A large group of retired U.S. generals and admirals is urging President Joe Biden not to return to the Iran Nuclear Deal, Fox News reports

This week, 46 retired U.S. generals and admirals wrote a letter to Biden explaining why they are against a return to the deal.

Dear President Biden:

To make their case against returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the retired U.S. generals and admirals, in part, drew upon the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The letter reads:

In Ukraine, we are bearing witness to the horrors of a country ruthlessly attacking its neighbor and, by brandishing its nuclear weapons, forcing the rest of the world largely to stand on the sidelines. The new Iran deal currently being negotiated, which Russia has played a central role in crafting, will enable the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to cast its own nuclear shadow over the Middle East.

The retired U.S. generals and admirals go on to state their opposition to the Iran Nuclear Deal saying that it “is poised to instantly fuel explosive Iranian aggression and pave Iran’s path to become a nuclear power, threatening the American homeland and the very existence of America’s regional allies.”

The retired U.S. generals and admirals state that “if we will not help protect [our allies] against Iran, we cannot expect their help addressing threats like Russia and China.”

The letter ends with a suggested alternative to the Iran Nuclear Deal, namely, “diplomacy that would genuinely end the threat posed by Iran’s military nuclear program and counter Iran’s regional aggression, backed up by credibly drawn and enforced redlines against Iranian nuclear and regional escalation.”

Background

The JCPOA was the product of the administration of former President Barack Obama.

Obama entered into a deal with Iran in which the U.S. would end certain economic sanctions in exchange for Iran agreeing to curb its nuclear program.

In 2018, former President Donald Trump withdrew America from the JCPOA. Trump argued that Iran wasn’t adhering to the terms of the agreement and that all the deal was doing was hurting America. Accordingly, he reimposed economic sanctions against Iran.

Since becoming president, Biden has been trying to get America and Iran to return to the JCPOA.

Negotiations, in which Russia is playing an important role, have been ongoing, although they do appear to have stalled out at several points.

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