The Next Iran Deal Must Be a Real Treaty
Secret diplomatic talks in Germany have reportedly produced a breakthrough in efforts to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. “We are ready to pursue a return to compliance with our JCPOA commitments consistent with Iran also doing the same,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price on Thursday.
President Joe Biden campaigned on promises to revive the Iran nuclear deal, painstakingly brokered by the Obama administration only to be unceremoniously abandoned by President Trump three years later. Whatever its stipulatory merits, however, Obama’s attempt to instate a politically divisive international agreement without congressional approval was a strategic blunder, and any effort by Biden to reinstate it by presidential fiat will be an even greater disaster.