Last week, Joe Biden called for Iran sanction relief in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The presumptive Democratic nominee for President said “in times of global crisis, America should lead. We should be the first to offer help to people who are hurting or in danger. That’s who we are. That’s who we’ve always been.”
Per Fox News, Biden noted that Iran, an adversary of the United States for four decades, “has failed to respond effectively to this crisis, including lying and concealing the truth from its own people, and it continues to act provocatively in the region.”
But he also stressed that “Iran is struggling to contain one of the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks in the world” and that the “Iranian people are hurting desperately.”
Sanctions were reimposed on Tehran by Washington after Trump pulled the U.S. out of a major agreement between the U.S., the members of the United Nations Security Council and Iran to limit that country’s nuclear activities in exchange for reducing longtime sanctions on Iran. The nuclear treaty with Tehran was one of the major international achievements struck during the second term of the Obama-Biden administration.
Biden’s humanitarian push was tinged with campaign implications, as he criticized the GOP incumbent in the White House for pulling the U.S. out of the Iranian nuclear deal.
The former vice president said that it’s “bad enough that the Trump administration abandoned the Iran nuclear deal in favor of a ‘maximum pressure’ strategy that has badly backfired, encouraging Iran to become even more aggressive and restart its nuclear program.”
Biden said that “it makes no sense, in a global health crisis, to compound that failure with cruelty by inhibiting access to needed humanitarian assistance. Whatever our profound differences with the Iranian government, we should support the Iranian people.”