Former US president Donald Trump has once again rebuked Joe Biden’s administration for the apparently imminent agreement to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
In a Saturday rally among his supporters in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Trump said, “Iran was dying to make a deal with me. I would have had a deal done with Iran one week after the election.”
Criticizing the possible financial benefits of such a deal for the Islamic Republic, he said that “now we’re going to pay them hundreds of billions of dollars, and they’re going to have nuclear weapons within a short period of time. Honestly, they can’t be stupid; they must hate our country.”
He also denounced Biden’s policies that are "allowing Iran to build a massive nuclear weapon.”
Moreover, Trump praised China’s President Xi Jinping for ruling the Chinese people with an iron fist, remarks that prompted Mohammad Marandi, an advisor-cum-spokesman for Iranian negotiators, to respond. “Your regime has bloodied much of the world with an iron fist,” he tweeted on Sunday.
Trump concluded by repeating his chorus, saying “Iran, China, Russia and North Korea weren't going to do a thing against us just two years ago,” but now “we're a nation that is no longer respected or listened to around the world.”
Hassan Rouhani, the only Iranian president who has ever spoken to a US president, was quoted as saying that he had a chance to talk with Trump when he was in New York in 2019. Rouhani talked with Barack Obama over the phone in September 2013.
On Thursday, September 1, a bipartisan group of 50 US lawmakers sounded the alarm on a looming agreement with Iran,urging the administration to immediately consult with Congress.