In an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal Jared Kushner, former US president Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former senior White House advisor praised President Joe Biden for expressing interest in reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“While many were troubled by the Biden team’s opening offer to work with Europe and rejoin the Iran deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, I saw it as a smart diplomatic move,” Kushner wrote, expressing a different stance from Trump, who repeatedly criticized the deal.
“The Biden administration called Iran’s bluff. It revealed to the Europeans that the JCPOA is dead and only a new framework can bring stability for the future,” he added.
In his opinion piece, Kushner also praised Trump’s policies for providing the groundwork for an enhanced relationship between the US and Iran.
“Mr. Trump has said that Iran has never won a war but never lost a negotiation. This negotiation is high-stakes and, thanks to his policies, America holds a strong hand,” he wrote. “Iran is feigning strength, but its economic situation is dire and it has no ability to sustain conflict or survive indefinitely under current sanctions.”
Biden has stated numerous times that the US will only return to the negotiating table if Iran commits to reducing its nuclear enrichment levels to pre-deal levels. However, progressive groups have expressed concern that his position may stymie discussions with Iran.
Trump withdrew the US from the Iranian nuclear deal on May 8, 2018. Following its removal from the deal, the administration increased pressure on Tehran by reinstating previous sanctions and imposing tougher new ones.