- The Biden administration will consult Israel in Iran nuclear agreement negotiations.
- Iran has declined to renegotiate additional terms.
- Israel is keen to have the US on its side in dealing with Iran.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has implored the Joe Biden administration to get back to the Iran nuclear deal that was signed by the Obama administration in 2015. Under the agreement, Iran would adhere to uranium enrichment restrictions in exchange for a sanctions reprieve.
According to the statement made by President Rouhani, Iran is ready to go back to its stipulated commitments:
“The ball is in the U.S. court now. If Washington returns to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact. Today, we expect the incoming U.S. administration to return to the rule of law and commit themselves, and if they can, in the next four years, to remove all the black spots of the previous four years.”
Iran has been reeling from US economic sanctions imposed by the Trump government after he walked out of the deal in 2018. They have crippled its economy and curtailed its access to global markets.
With the nation presently cut off from major financial systems, such as the SWIFT international money transfer network, the emergent closed economy has escalated the inflation rate and increased unemployment.
Iran’s oil trade has also been embargoed, a situation that has forced it to start trading with equally beleaguered nations, such as Venezuela.
Joe Biden to Consult Israel and Allies
Tony Blinken, Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, has said that the new leadership will consult Israel and its allies in the Middle East region before moving to renegotiate with Iran. According to Mr. Blinken, the Biden administration will only be able to join the talks if Iran complies with the statutory guidelines that it has so far ignored.
President Biden had signaled that he is ready to return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal, but this is the first time that consultation will Israel and its allies has been mentioned.
Mr. Blinken said the new government will take a different approach and will be signing new deals to ensure the longevity of the new Iranian deal.
“We would use that as a platform with our allies and partners, who would once again be on the same side with us, to seek a longer and stronger agreement,” he said.
Some of the flash points that will be addressed in the new treaty include contentions with Iran’s ballistic missile program. That said, the Islamic Republic has already indicated that it’s not interested in renegotiating terms outside the current agreement.
Mr. Blinken’s statement pertaining to the consultation with allies has quelled fears that Israel’s considerations will be left out in the talks. A few days ago, Israel’s Minister of Settlement Affairs, Tzachi Hanegbi, warned about the possibility of this happening and cautioned President Biden against being too lenient when dealing with Iran.