Instead of taking the opportunity to reset U.S. relations with Iran, the Biden administration has mostly continued a course of aggression set by the last administration.
The Iranian regime's history of anti-Semitism is long, starting with the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
A diplomacy-driven U.S. approach to Iran can, at minimum, cultivate a far better environment for the Iranian people to push for democratic change in their country.
The former national security advisor told Newsmax that the current Biden administration does not realize how "flawed" the deal is.
Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline figure, has already been sanctioned by the U.S. for his involvement in the mass execution of 5,000 political prisoners in 1988.
"The obstacles (are)...something that I think can be bridged," Diplomat Enrique Mora told reporters outside the hotel where Iranian officials have been meeting with envoys from Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain.
The Chinese government, along with U.S. allies in Europe, continues to support a return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
"Iran has paid the minimum amount due," U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said on Friday, according to Reuters.
"They first need to go back to the (nuclear deal) that they withdrew from. If we see the process and more confidence is built, then we can talk about that," presidential candidate Abdolnasser Hemmati said.
Delegations from Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain, Iran and the U.S. will return to their home countries to brief their governments before reconvening in Vienna next week.
The Iranian strategy in Vienna is obvious: wield the threat of nuclear escalation to extort tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and win tacit permission to forge ahead on nuclear R&D.
The International Atomic Energy Agency's report on Iran said that the agency has "not had access to the data from its online enrichment monitors and electronic seals, or had access to the measurement recordings registered by its installed measurement devices."
The era of "maximum pressure" on Iran evidences the fact that power does not always translate into leverage, and that too bold a display can lead to exhaustion and futility.
Diplomats from Russia and China alongside a European Union official in charge of the talks expressed more progress is needed in the discussions that will resume next week in Vienna.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas indicated to reporters that Iran will have to take the next step, since Washington D.C. appears willing to offer some concessions in discussions, though it's unknown what those may be.
The Biden administration must maintain and even increase sanctions related to Iran's support for terrorism, its ballistic missile program and ongoing human rights violations.
"We call on you to immediately end negotiations with Iran, and make clear that sanctions relief will not be provided," a group of 43 Republican senators led by Sen. Marco Rubiowrote to President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
An Iranian delegate reiterated that a new deal to halt Iran from having a nuclear bomb is dependent on the lifting of U.S. sanctions placed on the Middle Eastern country.
The Monday incident was the third encounter in the last month where Iranian fast-attack boats sped toward American ships.
Following the fourth round of talks between world powers in Austria on Friday, a Russian delegate said Iran and the U.S. were making headway in a process to bring the U.S. back into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Iran has been burned by the U.S. and it is for America to make the grand gestures if it wants to be taken seriously.
Sanctions, as currently written, place a disproportionate burden on Iranian Americans' everyday way of life.
"There's still a fair distance to travel to close the remaining gaps," Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday.
The ultimate aim for the two countries' societies, economies and future is to be so interdependent that conflict would be unthinkable.
The video came out after the Navy recently divulged details of the April 2 incident.