US President Donald Trump intends to “flood” the Islamic Republic of Iran with sanctions, ahead of a Joe Biden inauguration on January 20, 2021, in order to make it more difficult for the Democrat to get back into the 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by Trump in 2018.
According to Axios, citing two unnamed Israeli sources briefed on a planned wave of anti-Iran sanctions, the Trump administration is now attempting to achieve the plan by coordinating with Israel and other Gulf states.
The White House envoy for Iran, Elliott Abrams, has reportedly arrived in Israel and met the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Middle Eastern country’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, to discuss a potential sanctions plan.
Abrams is also set to meet with Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on Tuesday, to brief them on Trump’s intentions, the publication said.
The aims of Trump’s last-ditch efforts are said to be attempts to make it harder for a Biden administration to return the US to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement, known as the Iran nuclear deal and originally negotiated during former US President Barack Obama’s tenure. Trump unilaterally pulled out of the deal in 2018.