Breaking: Biden’s concern on Iran-China deal justified as it accelerates US decline: Shamkhani
Iran’s top security official has reacted to US President Joe Biden’s expression of concern over the Iran-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement, saying Biden’s concern about the deal is justified because it will accelerate the decline of US power in the world.
“Biden’s concern is correct: the flourishing of strategic cooperation in the East is accelerating the US decline,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani wrote in a tweet on Monday.
The reaction came hours after Biden was asked by reporters how concerning the emerging partnership between China and Iran was, to which he replied: “I’ve been concerned about that for a year.”
Iran and the US are at loggerheads over the fate of the 2015 nuclear agreement Tehran struck with six world powers, from which the US withdrew in May 2018 and imposed harsh economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic under a so-called maximum pressure policy.
Biden has pledged to rejoin the nuclear deal, formally called the JCPOA, and repeal his predecessor’s maximum pressure policy, but he has failed so far to honor either of his promises.
Signed on Saturday, the strategic partnership deal between Iran and China also comes while the three European parties to the deal – Britain, France and Germany – have only played lip service to their obligations under the JCPOA, namely protecting Iran’s economic interests as promised in the nuclear pact.
Pointing to the developments surrounding the JCPOA, Shamkhani said the world is not limited to the West and that Western countries are not limited to the “law-breaking US, Britain, France and Germany.”
“The signing of Iran & China Strategic Partnership Roadmap is part of the #ActiveResistance policy,” he noted.