Biden admin waives sanctions so Russia can ‘make good’ on deal for Iranian nuclear plant: Report

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President Joe Biden seems unable to decide whether to go tough or soft on Russia. Though he’s sanctioned Russia and banned oil/gas imports, he reportedly plans to allow Russia to move ahead with a $10 billion contract to expand one of Iran’s nuclear power plants.

“Rosatom, Russia’s leading energy company, has a $10 billion contract with Iran’s atomic energy organization to expand Tehran’s Bushehr nuclear plant,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

“Russia and the Biden administration confirmed on Tuesday that the new nuclear agreement includes carveouts that will waive sanctions on both countries so that Russia can make good on this contract.”

A State Department spokesperson told the Beacon that the Biden administration will “not sanction Russian participation in nuclear projects that are part of resuming full implementation of the JCPOA.”

“The United States will take actions as necessary to ensure that U.S. sanctions do not apply to the implementation of JCPOA nuclear-related projects and activities by non-U.S. individuals and entities,” the spokesperson added.

JCPOA stands for refers to the widely panned appeasement deal arranged by former President Barack Obama and rescinded by former President Donald Trump that current President Biden now seeks to reimplement.

The deal purports to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, though critics have long argued that it does nothing of the sort.

Critics likewise now saw that the Biden administration’s greenlighting of Russia’s deal with Iran is a foolhardy move that will only serve to empower America’s enemies, including an enemy with which the nation is currently engaged in somewhat of a proxy war.

Gabriel Noronha, a Trump-era State Department advisor who worked with then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, told the Beacon that this move provides Russia with a financial lifeline, thus somewhat negating the effects of the president’s sanctions.

“Rosatom’s projects in Iran are crucial to the company’s future financial viability. That’s exactly why we should shut them down by disrupting their foreign contracts, especially those with a regime like Iran,” he said.

“We’re doing the opposite. The United States should sanction Rosatom for its involvement in Russia’s war on Ukraine, but in classic fashion, we’re giving them full sanctions immunity that will stabilize Rosatom’s finances.”

And thus perhaps stabilize all of Russia’s finances?

Meanwhile, any sort of deal with America’s other enemy, Iran, poses a grave threat to Israel, according to critics, including Democrat ones like New York Rep. Ritchie Torres.

“I share Israel’s concern about lifting sanctions. If we lift the sanctions, how are those dollars likely to be spent? I have no reason to think those dollars will be spent on an Iranian Build Back Better Act,” he said this week to The Jerusalem Post about the wider JCPOA deal.

He added, “I have every reason to think those dollars will likely finance acts of terrorism and proxy warfare and the Sunni Arab world.”

Indeed, just like Russia, Iran too is a known state sponsor of terrorism.

Yet for some inexplicable reason, the president seeks to empower both of these treacherous nations. As noted by the critics below, it seems to make no sense, especially when contrasted against all the steps the president has taken to damage energy production here in the states:

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