Iran’s state media reported that an increase in oil production will be coming amid a possible easing of U.S. sanctions, confirming warnings that a potential Joe Biden administration will embolden the Islamic Republic once again.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reportedly announced preparations for an increase in the nation’s oil production in anticipation of Biden being certified the winner of the U.S. presidential race and inaugurated in January. The Democrat has made it clear that once in office, he will return America to the 2015 nuclear deal with the nation after President Donald Trump exited in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions.
“The Oil Ministry will take all the necessary steps to prepare the oil industry’s facilities to produce and sell – proportionate to the available capacity – within the next three months,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Rouhani as saying, according to Reuters.
He was further quoted as saying that, prior to Trump’s strong stance and the return of crippling sanctions in 2018, Iran exported more than two million barrels a day. Estimates now indicate that the nation exports less than 300,000 barrels of oil per day.
During the Obama-Biden administration, Iran was on offense, running the tables, rolling the US and winning. During the past four years, Iran has been on defense and losing. It looks like Biden and Company are eager to reset the clock and start getting rolled again. pic.twitter.com/kKx2FjlhBj
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) December 7, 2020
Biden, who could assume office on January 20, has indicated that he will put America’s tense relationship with Iran back to where it was in the Obama administration if Tehran shows “strict compliance with the nuclear deal.” The assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist last month was seen by the U.S. and other Middle East nations as another positive step toward eliminating Iran’s efforts to get nuclear weapons.
U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin warned that America “can’t go backwards” in its approach to Iran and the Middle East, telling Fox News that Biden’s stance on the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, would “ignore all of Iran’s other bad activities.”
“During the Obama-Biden administration, Iran was on offense, running the tables, rolling the US and winning,” the New York Republican, who was just re-elected to office, wrote on Twitter Sunday. “During the past four years, Iran has been on defense and losing. It looks like Biden and Company are eager to reset the clock and start getting rolled again.”
Touting Trump’s accomplishments in the Middle East, including recently facilitating historic peace deals, decimating ISIS, and officially relocating the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Zeldin believed leaving the pact with Iran was a “positive move” by the administration.
“I would certainly learn from what has worked over the course of the last few years, and seek to build on that progress,” he advised, responding to a question about Biden’s plans to “resurrect the fatally flawed” agreement.
Zeldin noted that the initial Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran meant the U.S. essentially “negotiated away all leverage to deal with all of Iran’s activities.”
“Once you get rid of all the sanctions, how are you going to deal with anything else that is necessary in confronting Iranian aggression?” Zeldin questioned. “I see a vision of Joe Biden wanting to really trip over himself to try to re-enter the deal as much as possible.”
U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw also slammed Biden for essentially promising “the demise of American energy” in the plan to cater to Iran and ignore the terror-sponsoring nation’s many aggressive actions.
“And we wondered why Iran explicitly supported Biden? This,” the Texas Republican tweeted on Sunday, in response to the Reuters report on Iran’s plans to increase oil prices.
“Because Biden promised the demise of American energy, and the rise of Iran’s,” Crenshaw noted. “America takes a back seat to Biden’s global agenda, again.”
And we wondered why Iran explicitly supported Biden? This.
Because Biden promised the demise of American energy, and the rise of Iran’s.
America takes a back seat to Biden’s global agenda, again. https://t.co/d1VFmMy8IF
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) December 7, 2020
Trump’s hard-line strategy toward Iran had given hope to many Iranian people who were hoping to rid themselves of decades of oppressive religious rule under the ayatollahs. Crippling sanctions have been cited as the reason for Iran’s economic collapse but that ignores the role of the ruling elite clerics who have allowed the nation’s funds to be funneled into the sponsoring of terrorist activities in other nations.
Growing opposition to the regime surfaced and was on public display in mass protests as many Iranians felt supported for the first time in years with Trump voicing encouragement.
“The Trump administration was the only U.S. administration to distinguish between Iran in terms of its people, history and geography, and the Islamic Republic as its governing body,” an Iranian Trump supporter living in Shiraz said, according to the New York Post. “From this viewpoint, the Islamic Republic is no longer an unalterable fact, and it could change.”
“Trump is kind of attractive for people like the Iranian middle class because he bullies anyone,” one journalist living in Tehran said. “And in Iran, the one who bullies, he or she has power.”
“I know there are lots of people who think it’s not so good for us that Biden is here because he’ll talk to the government, everything will go back, and the Islamic Republic will survive,” she added.
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