Biden admin still hopes Iran will revive nuclear deal despite threat assessments, leaving US hanging

(Video: Fox News)

The Biden administration is eager to revive the Iranian nuclear deal even though the mullahs who control the Persian Gulf country are in no hurry, choosing to leave the United States hanging.

In the meantime, Iran gets closer and closer to having a nuclear weapon, with Fox News host Bret Baier noting Monday that the country is “capable of building a nuclear weapon” while reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading to Tehran.

“Iran can build a nuclear bomb if it wants. That’s what a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini told al Jazeera this weekend,” Fox News correspondent Rich Edson said in the “Special Report” segment.

He then quoted a senior advisor to Khomeini: “In few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60% and easily produce 90% enriched uranium… Iran has the technical means to produce the nuclear bomb but there has been no decision by Iran to build one.”

Edson added that for more than a year, the Biden administration “has been trying to resurrect an agreement to constrain Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Officials say the deal is basically finished.”

A clip was played of National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby essentially saying Iran is in the driver’s seat.

“It’s up to Iran to see whether they are going to take it or not,” Kirby said. “We are going to continue to make sure we have the capability and capacity in the region, military and otherwise, to deal with their destabilizing activity.”

President Biden said last week while in the Middle East that the U.S. is “not going to wait forever” for Iran to rejoin the dormant nuclear deal. His remarks coming during a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid following private talks.

“Today, you and I also discussed America’s commitment to ensuring Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon,” Biden said. “This is a vital security interest to both Israel and the United States and, I would add, for the rest of the world as well. I continue to believe that diplomacy is the best way to achieve this outcome.”

Lapid had an entirely different take on what would stop Iran.

“The Iranian regime must know that if they continue to deceive the world they will pay a heavy price,” Lapid said.

“Words will not stop them, Mr. President. Diplomacy will not stop them,” he added. “The only thing that will stop Iran is knowing that if they continue to develop their nuclear program, the free world will use force.  The only way to stop them is to put a credible military threat on the table.”

While taking questions from reporters, Biden said of reviving talks with Iran: “We’re waiting for their response.  When that will come, I’m not certain.  But we are not going to wait forever.”

President Biden told an Israeli television station that the U.S. would use force to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Fox News reported.

At the same time, a leaked intelligence report contended that Iran has been plotting to assassinate U.S. officials on American soil, including former President Donald Trump, and this information was known ahead of Biden’s trip to the Middle East.


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