The nuclear deal with Iran “is dead,” US President Joe Biden has said in images widely circulated on social media.
The White House did not dispute the authenticity of the video, which casts considerable doubt over the future of the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.
In 2015 between Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US and the EU, the landmark agreement lifted crippling sanctions on Iran’s economy in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. Tehran.
The video, which is circulating without a precise date or location, shows Biden talking to people behind a metal barrier, one of whom wears a headband with Iran’s colors on her forehead.
AFP reports that the images correspond to a Biden campaign rally held in early November in California.
“President Biden, are you going to announce that the JCPOA is dead? Can you announce that?” a woman asks the president of the USA, as she shakes his hand.
“He replies: He’s dead but we won’t announce it. It’s a long story.”
“We don’t want an agreement with the mullahs… They don’t represent us”, adds the woman.
“I know they don’t represent you, but they’re going to have a nuclear bomb,” says Biden, known for straying from official language, especially in informal chats.
“The president’s comments are completely consistent with what we’re saying about the JCPOA, which is not our priority right now,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said when asked by reporters Tuesday about the video.
“We don’t expect a deal to happen in the near future,” he repeated, avoiding using the same final wording as Biden.
“As far as I know, no one is questioning the authenticity [of the video]”, he added. I don’t think we’re looking into it.”
The JCPOA granted Iran relief from damaging international sanctions in exchange for assurances that Tehran would not build atomic weapons, a goal the Islamic Republic has always denied.
In 2018, the US unilaterally withdrew from the international agreement, despite Iran’s broad compliance with its terms. This led to the reinstatement of sanctions, with Tehran gradually reigning in its obligations.
Biden has pledged to try to resurrect the deal, but negotiations that began in April 2021 in Vienna have stalled.
The talks have been dogged by Tehran’s violent crackdown on protests since September, along with the supply of drones to Russia.