US President-Elect Joe Biden has revealed his intention to return the United States to the Iran nuclear deal during his time in office.
“It’s going to be hard, but yeah,” Biden told the New York Times when asked whether he stood by his views on the Iran nuclear deal.
According to Biden, if Iran acquires a nuclear bomb, it will put enormous pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and other states to get nuclear weapons themselves.
“And the last goddamn thing we need in that part of the world is a buildup of nuclear capability. In consultation with our allies and partners, we’re going to engage in negotiations and follow-on agreements to tighten and lengthen Iran’s nuclear constraints, as well as address the missile program,” Biden said.
Biden also expressed a readiness to lift the sanctions that Trump imposed on Iran.
In 2015, Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom. It required that Iran scale back its nuclear program and severely downgrade its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief, including lifting the arms embargo five years after the deal’s adoption.
In 2018, Trump abandoned the deal and implemented hard-line sanctions against Iran.