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Arguably the biggest foreign policy question for a Biden administration would be a likely resurrection of the nuclear deal with Iran, which Trump unceremoniously tore down. Ayalon said people should not expect things to go back to where they were pre-Trump in this regard.
“I just happened to speak to one of Biden’s advisers about a week ago,” he said. “The resumption, the going back to the JCPOA – the Iran deal – is not automatic… The Iranians need to make some adjustments too.”
Ayalon believes that Biden could get European support to pressure Iran to make concessions on things like its ballistic missile program. The Trump administration claimed it could extract a better deal from Tehran by bearing its economy with crippling sanctions.
The strategy evidently didn’t work as intended. Iran now holds the European signatories to the JCPOA accountable for their failure to resist threats from Washington and provide the business benefits which Iran was promised in return for accepting restrictions on its nuclear industry.
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