For two months the administration of President-elect Joe Biden has been holding secret talks in New York with envoys of Iranian President Hassan Rohani.
However, when the administration of President-elect Donald Trump engaged in talks before his inauguration with the Russian ambassador to Washington, they were ensnared in the phony Russiagate investigation. But here too, two different yardsticks have been applied.
On 9 January 2021, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sent a message to the Biden administration asserting that Iran would resubscribe to the obligations under the JCPOA (aka the “nuclear deal”) if the United States agrees to return to it.
The Iranian delegation that eight years ago in Oman brokered the election of Hassan Rohani as president of Iran included William Burns, Jake Sullivan and Wendy Sherman. They are now expected to be appointed director of the CIA, national security adviser and assistant secretary of state, respectively (see photo).
The current bargaining could lead to a lifting of the US embargo on Iranian oil, but the US would maintain sanctions against the Guardians of the Revolution.
In other words, the Biden administration supports President Rohani’s agenda for the restoration of the Safavid empire, to the detriment of the Revolutionary Guards’ plan to fight Anglo-Saxon imperialism.