Despite expressing interest in restoring the nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic during the presidential campaign, Biden has been so far reluctant to take the first step in that direction, instead suggesting that Iran should return to compliance first.
A group of ex-military, national security, and diplomatic officials have drafted an open letter to the Biden administration calling on it to apply every effort to quickly rejoin the nuclear deal with Iran. The group of 41 former US officials argued that failure to do so will result in the Islamic Republic acquiring nuclear weapons, despite Tehran repeatedly denying having such intentions.
The authors of the open letter also touched upon concerns earlier expressed by the administration, suggesting that the new nuclear agreement with Iran should address the country’s missile programme and its relations with various proxy groups in the Middle East – two points of concern of Washington’s allies in the region. Tehran dismissed the possibility of its missile programme being on the negotiating table, but the officials who drafted the open letter believe the issue still could be negotiated but only after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, the official name of the Iran nuclear deal) is restored.
The open letter admitted that Tehran poses certain “threats” to the country’s national security, but stressed that the restoration of the nuclear deal should be the “paramount objective of [US] Iran…