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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 09:00 AM

Biden faces a race against the clock for U.S. to rejoin Iran nuclear deal


Iran is anxious to get help for its crippled economy, but Biden must decide whether to lift sanctions imposed by Trump since the 2015 deal was signed.

Nov. 21, 2020, 6:00 AM EST
By Dan De Luce, Ken Dilanian, Saphora Smith and Ali Arouzi

WASHINGTON President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement if Iran abides by the deal, but both sides will have to race against the clock and navigate a political minefield to reach that goal.

With Iran due to hold elections in June, any diplomatic effort will have to move swiftly during Biden's first few months in office, say former U.S. officials, European diplomats and regional experts.

Iran's current president, Hassan Rouhani, threw his weight behind the 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and there's no guarantee the next Iranian president will be as open to cutting a deal.

Biden and Rouhani also have to contend with fierce opponents to the agreement in Washington and Tehran, as well as in the region, and they will need to show that any concessions are met with reciprocal actions by the other side, former U.S. officials said.

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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 09:20 AM

1. Biden and his cabinet can speak to leaders and diplomats right now.

Remember, Mike Flynn's crime wasn't conducting business with foreign leaders/ambassadors, etc... It was lying about what he discussed to the F.B.I. And his real mistake was interacting with people who were already part of counterintelligence investigations and then lying about it.

Maybe by getting out in front of any damaging things Trump might try, and by negotiating directly with his foreign counterparts, we can avoid some full-out disasters.

(I'm definitely thinking of Iran, but he could speak to anybody)

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