President Joe Biden declared that the Iran nuclear deal is “dead” in a newly surfaced video, The Hill reports.
Biden made the comment during a rally on November 4 but they were not reported on until Axios published the video this week.
“It is dead, but we’re not gonna announce it,” Biden said in response to a question from a rallygoer.
The woman in the video asked Biden to announce that the deal is dead.
Biden said he would not “for a lot of reasons.”
The woman said the Iranian regime does not represent the people.
“I know they don’t represent you. But they will have a nuclear weapon that they'll represent," Biden replied.
White House not optimistic:
The White House acknowledged on Tuesday that talks on the Iran deal have stalled.
“There is no progress happening with respect to the Iran deal, now. We don’t anticipate any progress, anytime in the near future. That’s just not our focus,” national security council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
“It’s just not our focus right now, it’s not on our agenda. And that’s exactly what the president was referring to,” he added.
Unlike the US, European Union Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell met with his Iranian counterpart in Jordan on Tuesday and said that the two agreed to keep communications open on negotiating a new deal.
The Biden administration began indirect talks with Iran in April 2021, aiming to reverse Trump’s withdrawal in 2018.
But talks have stalled after the US accused Iran of seeking demands beyond what was in the original deal.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in September that Iran’s response was a “step backward” and that “Iran seems either unwilling or unable to do what is necessary to reach an agreement.”