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Could U.S. Rejoin the Nuclear Deal?

By Mitchell Bard

Several Democratic presidential candidates for the 2020 election have said they would rejoin the nuclear agreement with Iran if elected. One problem, however, is that many of the provisions are scheduled to end within a few years of them taking office.

Richard Nephew, who was the sanctions expert for President Barack Obama’s negotiating team with Iran, said that even if a Democrat made a tactical decision to reenter the deal, “we’ve got to figure out a way to deal with the lost time.” The current terms of the JCPOA, he said, are “rapidly becoming not worth it” (The Atlantic, March 17, 2019).