Biden faces a race against the clock for U.S. to rejoin Iran nuclear deal

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President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement if Iran abides by the deal, but both sides will have to race against the clock and navigate a political minefield to reach that goal.

With Iran due to hold elections in June, any diplomatic effort will have to move swiftly during Biden’s first few months in office, say former U.S. officials, European diplomats and regional experts.

In an op-ed in September, Biden said as president he would “make an unshakable commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.” He argued the best way to achieve that was for the U.S. to re-enter the deal.

“I will offer Tehran a credible path back to diplomacy. If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations,” Biden wrote.

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