It Makes No Sense to Return to the Iran Nuclear Deal

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President-elect Joe Biden has said he wants the United States to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but that move would forgo the administration's greatest leverage, argue Mark Dubowitz and Richard Goldberg.

Since rejoining the original nuclear deal requires Washington to lift its most punishing sanctions, the economic leverage against Tehran that Biden inherits from his predecessor will evaporate the moment sanctions are relaxed...

Biden’s retreat from sanctions in the face of Iran’s threats to expand its enrichment-related activities, kick out international inspectors, and build additional nuclear reactors—in effect, giving in to a nuclear extortion racket—would also send a clear message to the mullahs: They can wait out a Biden administration in negotiations because he will never reimpose sanctions out of fear Iran might again expand its nuclear activities.

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