Iran’s February 21 deadline ‘wakeup call’ for Biden administration

ran’s decision to end its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Safeguards Agreement should the other parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement fail to honor their commitments by the deadline of February 21 is “a wake-up call” for the administration of US President Joe Biden, a political analyst and former US Senate candidate says.

Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster in San Antonio, Texas, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Monday, after Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a weekly press conference on the same day that the implementation of the Additional Protocol will be halted, unless the other parties to the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPAO), return to fulfilling their abandoned commitments.

“The February 21st deadline is indeed a legitimate wakeup call to the Biden administration in regard to the president’s stated intentions in the electoral campaign of 2020 to re-enter [the] JCPOA. This deadline will test whether or not Biden is serious about re-establishing American involvement in what the United States agreed to in this multilateral treaty, or will cave in to Israeli pressure on him,” Dankof said.

“Evidence of this pressure came on January 21st, the day after the president’s inauguration. A report appeared in the Times of Israel that an unnamed senior Israeli official was threatening to terminate its political and diplomatic relationship with the new administration if the United States re-entered JCPOA,” he added.