The United States Must Move Forward, Not Back, on Iran

Amos Yadlin and Ebtesam Al-Ketbi | 28 Jan 2021

The new administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed for Iran and the United States to return to full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But this prospect poses considerable risks to regional and even global security. A better approach, in our view, would be one that aims to reach a modest interim agreement, or “JCPOA minus,” after which talks would focus on achieving a more restrictive nuclear deal than the original, or “JCPOA plus.”

If, however, the Biden administration remains determined to revive the previous agreement, it should take additional steps to ensure that Tehran does not acquire nuclear weapons—and to reassure U.S. allies in the region that Washington will not gamble with their security.

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AMOS YADLIN is Executive Director of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies and the former head of military intelligence for the Israel Defense Forces.

EBTESAM AL-KETBI is Founder and President of the Emirates Policy Center and a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Consultative Commission.

* This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.

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