Former US Vice President Pence Blows Up Nuclear Talks With Iran

Former US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday denounced the Biden administration’s talks with Iran over a possible nuclear deal.

During Pence’s time in the administration of former President Donald Trump, the White House took a particularly aggressive stance on Iran, withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and increasing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

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“Now President Biden and his administration threaten to unravel all the progress we have made in marginalizing the tyrannical regime in Tehran,” Pence said as he addressed thousands of members of the exiled Iranian opposition group the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK) in Albania.

“We call on the Biden administration to immediately withdraw from all nuclear negotiations with Tehran,” Pence added.

The MEK has received support from conservative Republicans in the past, including Trump’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The MEK supported Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the 1979 revolution that ousted the Shah, but soon fell out with the new Islamic authorities and launched a campaign to overthrow the regime.

Albania agreed in 2013 to take in some 3,000 members of the exiled Iranian opposition group at the request of Washington and the United Nations.

In April 2021, the Joe Biden administration started a new round of negotiations with Iran in Vienna with the aim of returning the US to the nuclear deal, including through the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

But the ever-delicate dialogue has stalled since March.

The 2015 agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program to ensure Tehran could not develop a nuclear weapon — something it has always denied wanting to do. to do.

But in 2018, the US withdrew from the Trump deal and again imposed severe economic sanctions that prompted Iran to roll back its own obligations.

Earlier this week, Iran’s foreign minister said the “train has still not been derailed” in negotiations to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, despite new US sanctions against the Islamic republic.

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