Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the UN on Sunday rejected the idea that the United States would return to the Iran nuclear deal under Joe Biden’s administration, saying no one would be “naive enough” to revert to an agreement which “proved its failure to the whole world. “
Abdallah Al-Mouallimi made the comments during an appearance on Fox News “America’s News HQ” with host Leland Vittert.
Vittert said US foreign policy in the Middle East had changed dramatically under President Trump’s administration, most notably with the May 2018 withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
The agreement – officially the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” – was a landmark agreement reached by Iran and several world powers, including the United States, in 2015 under the presidency of Barack Obama. It was done, in part, to reduce Iran’s ability to produce two components used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons: plutonium and uranium. In return, crippling economic sanctions would be relaxed.
Now there is new speculation as to whether President-elect Joe Biden will decide to bring the United States back into the deal or try to renegotiate. Foreign policy experts and those close to Biden believe he will bring the United States closer to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, but that it will not be an easy task.
Earlier this week, Biden’s team told Fox News that his position on Iran was “spelled out” in a recent editorial that said that as president he would join the deal if Iran returned. strict compliance with the agreement.
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“First, I will make an unwavering commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” Biden said. “Second, I will offer Tehran a credible path to diplomacy.”
When asked if he thought the Biden administration would move from the Gulf states – as was the case under President Trump – to Iran and the nuclear deal, Al-Mouallimi replied that he hadn’t done it.
“No, I think the Iran nuclear deal has proven its failure to the whole world. And I don’t think anyone will be naive enough to come back to the same deal, ”he said.
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He added: “If there is a new agreement in which Saudi Arabia is involved in the discussion and which covers the shortcomings of the previous agreement, such as Iran’s hydromantic behavior in the region and the issue of missiles and the supply of weapons to rebel groups and so on, then we will all be for it.
Fox News’s Kaitlyn Schallhorn contributed to this report.