The Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, ” is dead “hits Joe Biden in a video that circulated widely this Tuesday, December 20, 2022, on Twitter, and whose authenticity the White House did not dispute.
This video, circulating without date or exact location, shows the president, flanked by bodyguards, having an informal exchange with people standing behind a metal barrier, one of whom wears a headband in Iran’s colors. , in what appears to be a gymnasium or multiroom.
Elements of the decor, as well as the president’s clothes, seem to correspond to a campaign meeting in early November in California, where Joe Biden came to support a candidate for the House of Representatives.
“President Biden, are you going to announce that the JCPOA is dead? Can you announce that?”, a woman asks the Democrat, who shakes her hand. “He’s dead, but we don’t want to announce it. It’s a long story”, replies the US president.
JCPOA is “not a priority,” White House confirms
“We do not want an agreement with the mullahs. […] They don’t represent us.” continues his interlocutor. “I know they don’t represent you. But they want a nuclear weapon. says Joe Biden, known for his tendency to deviate from official language, especially during informal exchanges.
“The president’s comments are very much in line with what we are saying about the JCPOA, which is not our priority right now,” said John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, when asked about the video during an exchange with reporters on Tuesday.
“We do not expect an agreement to be reached in the near future,” he said again, without, however, using the same final wording as Joe Biden. “As far as I know, no one questions the authenticity [de la vidéo] and I don’t think we’ll look into it, he added.
A stalled one
The 2015 deal (JCPOA) offered Iran relief from international sanctions in exchange for guarantees that Tehran would not acquire nuclear weapons, a goal the Islamic Republic has always refused to pursue.
However, after the US withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 and the reimposition of US sanctions, Tehran gradually released itself from its obligations. Joe Biden had promised to try to revive the agreement, but the negotiations, which started in April 2021 in Vienna, are now at a standstill.