JERUSALEM – The U.S. envoy for Iran says the Trump organization will keep up its pressure campaign until the initiation and expects it will be hard for a future President Joe Biden to bring the U.S. back into the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Elliott Abrams addressed local journalists on Monday during a visit to Israel, which was ardently contradicted to the nuclear agreement.
“It doesn’t make a difference who is president on Jan. 20 as there will be a negotiation with Iran in any case,” Abrams stated, repeating the Trump organization’s position that the U.S. election results are not final until they have been officially certified.
“Regardless of whether it is possible to return to the JCPOA is not yet clear,” he added, alluding to the Iran deal.
President-elect Joe Biden has said he wants to return the U.S. to the agreement with world forces, wherein Iran consented to limit its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of international sanctions. President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement in 2018 and forced devastating economic sanctions on Iran, which responded by publicly relinquishing nuclear restrictions in the agreement.
Abrams said all U.S. sanctions, including those identified with common human rights and Iran’s help for regional militant groups, would stay set up through Jan. 20.
“We have the maximum pressure sanctions program,” he said. “It will continue in November, it will continue in December since it’s unrelated to politics, it’s unrelated to elections.”