President Joe Biden, his Administration, and our allies in the P5+1 are confronting a very different set of challenges and circumstances than what existed four years ago regarding Iran and the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). We would like to offer a thoughtful way forward, one that can create a broad consensus regarding how the United States confronts Iran.
We respectfully urge President Biden to develop a bipartisan strategy on Iran with Congress in conjunction with U.S. allies and partners in Europe and the Middle East that reflects the regional realities of 2021, not 2015 when the original deal was agreed to. We hope the President will apply the following common-sense standards to his Iran strategy:
- No re-entry into the JCPOA along previous parameters.
- Sanctions relief should not be provided in exchange for mere negotiations.
- We must return to the principle of zero enrichment or reprocessing, or else we risk a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
- Insist on Full Inspections and Verification.
- Resolve Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) and Undeclared Nuclear Activity.
- Iran’s unacceptable non-nuclear behavior must be addressed in parallel to the new agreement if it is to have a chance to succeed.
- Iran policy should once again be conducted in a bipartisan manner.
- Iran policy must be conducted in consultation with U.S. regional allies and partners most threatened by Iran’s malign behavior.
- Release the Hostages.