McMaster warns against possible Iran deal resurrection: ‘Political disaster masquerading as diplomatic triumph’

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A former national security adviser to President Trump warned Democratic nominee Joe Biden against making any moves to potentially resurrect the “political disaster” known as the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Former National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster cautioned Biden, who was prematurely crowned by the media as the winner of the 2020 presidential race, about courting Tehran by possibly rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if he were to take office.

Speaking with Fox News host Bret Baier on Wednesday, McMaster noted how then-Secretary of State John Kerry, did not take into consideration the “hostile ideology” of the Iranian government when the Obama administration joined other nations in reaching the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement in 2015.

“Any kind of period of transition is a dangerous time,” McMaster said. “Our enemies, adversaries, rivals think it might be a time to act out against us. So I think it’s really important for us to show a high degree of competence and a degree of stability and a recognition that hey, our democracy works and our institutions are strong.”

(Source: Fox News)

“And I think that if we show weakness and division, of course there are a lot of malign actors that want to take advantage of that,” the 58-year-old retired United States Army lieutenant general continued, citing Russia, China and Iran as examples.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported this week that Iran has enriched its uranium stockpile by 12 times the amount permitted under the nuclear deal. The nation has repeatedly failed to keep its end of the agreement made in the accord signed with China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US, prompting Trump to pull out of the deal in 2018.

Baier asked if McMaster was concerned about a potential Biden administration and how it would handle the Iran policy.

“It would be a really big mistake to turn the clock back to 2016 and resurrect the Iran nuclear deal,” McMaster replied.

“The Iran nuclear deal was a political disaster masquerading as a diplomatic triumph,” he added, calling it a “flawed agreement.”

“But what it didn’t do, and it didn’t consider really, two fundamental issues that we have to take into consideration when you’re dealing with Iran: First of all, the hostile ideology of the regime, the ideology of the revolution,” McMaster explained.

“And secondly, this four decade long proxy war against us and these big payoffs to Iran when the deal was signed as well as the relief of sanctions,” he added. “What did they do with that money? They applied that money to intensifying the sectarian violence across the region in an effort really to put a proxy army on the border of Israel.”

With an economy crippled under sanctions imposed by the U.S., Iran has also been battling the coronavirus pandemic which reached its highest-ever single-day death toll on Sunday with 459 new deaths recorded and more than 9,000 new confirmed cases in the country over the past 24 hours. Iran has seen more than 38,000 recorded deaths from the virus.

Iran’s leaders celebrated the American media’s headlines declaring Biden the winner of the 2020 race, taking the opportunity to rail against Trump and mock him over the alleged loss. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani quickly reached out to Biden to return to the 2015 nuclear deal and to “compensate for past mistakes.”

“Now, an opportunity has come up for the next U.S. administration to compensate for past mistakes and return to the path of complying with international agreements through respect of international norms,” he said, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

“The people of Iran, though their heroic resistance against the imposed economic war, proved that the U.S. maximum pressure policy was doomed to fail,” Rouhani said, adding that Iran “considers constructive engagement with the world as a strategy.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif tweeted on Sunday that “the world is watching.”

He took another jab at Trump in a tweet saying: “Betting on outsiders to provide security is never a good gamble.”

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