After 2 years Biden’s Iran policy defined by total backtracking
In the 2020 US presidential election campaign, President Joe Biden made a full return to the JCPOA pact on Iran’s nuclear energy program, a key plank of his foreign policy promises.
But after two years in office, his report card on keeping that promise can only be given a failing grade.
Not only has Biden not returned to the JCPOA but he has constantly levied new sanctions on Iran, and seems to have fully retained the “maximum pressure” policy of his predecessor.
Biden had benefited from total control over Congress, but the Democratic Party lost control of the House of Representatives in the recent midterm elections. Low turnout and disillusionment with many unkept promises are often being cited as the main reasons for the Democrats’ defeat.
Last month a top poll on foreign policy found that a whopping 79% of Americans believe that “the United States should continue to pursue negotiations” with Iran. On almost no other key foreign policy question was there such massive support.
With Congress now divided and more conservative most analysts say that even if Biden did genuinely pursue diplomacy Congress would easily block the deal under the so-called “Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act”.
With their recent accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Iran has significantly expanded their diplomatic cooperation with their non-Western allies.