Trita Parsi, a Georgetown University professor and the executive vice president for the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, said he is confident that the Biden administration will rejoin the Iran nuclear deal from which former President Trump withdrew the U.S.
Parsi noted that several top Biden administration officials played crucial roles in crafting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and that the Trump administration’s plan of applying pressure on Tehran through sanctions only led to further uranium enrichment in Iran.
“I’m pretty confident that the Biden administration is going to rejoin the JCPOA, and I think part of the reason why it will do so is because it recognizes that it’s a critical step in a larger strategy of trying to reduce America’s military footprint in the region and lean more towards diplomacy,” Parsi said on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”
Biden officials “were deeply involved in the negotiations over the JCPOA, recognize how squarely it lies in U.S. national interests to revive it and see that if they don’t, we know what the result is. Because the Iranians did not back down an inch when the Trump administration pursued maximum pressure,” he added, warning that a return to Trump’s “maximum pressure” strategy could ultimately force the U.S. “to choose between diplomacy or going to war.”