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"Iran's Strategy Could Backfire" Says Security Expert On Recent Increase In Nuclear Activity

IRAN -- Centrifuge machines are seen in Natanz uranium enrichment facility, November 3, 2019

A group of experts on non-proliferation and diplomacy penned a letter to US President elect Joe Biden and his incoming administration, encouraging their immediate return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

The letter, published on January 7th on the National Iranian American Council’s website, carries more than 50 signatures.

The signatories believe the Trump administration’s policy towards Iran has “failed” and they describe the U.S.’ exit from JCPOA in May 2018 as a “self-inflicted wound” which has “set the U.S. on a destructive path with no easy offramp.”

The Trump administration considered the deal as “one-sided” and “flawed” and sought the freedom to negotiate a "better deal" with Tehran while resuming their maximum pressure campaign on Iran.

The letter, which calls for an immediate return to the JCPOA, deems the lifting of sanctions necessary, which have “hobbled Iran’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and were designed to limit a Biden administration’s options to negotiate with Iran.”

Mark Fitzpatrick, the former Executive Director of the IISS Americas office and a longtime non-proliferation expert including at the U.S. State Department, is one the signatories of this letter, previously speaking to Radio Farda’s Hannah Kaviani.

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    Hannah Kaviani

    Hannah Kaviani is a Radio Farda staffer based in Prague, since 2008. She followed the nuclear negotiations between Iran and 6 world powers between 2013 and 2015 and covers the aftermath of Iran deal.