The Biden administration has announced its goal of re-entering the 2015 JCPOA as an interim step toward a new and stronger deal with Iran.
The administration’s success or failure in reaching a secure, verifiable agreement with the Islamic Republic has implications for the security of the United States, Israel and the countries of the Gulf, including those who have joined or support the Abraham Accords.
Richard Goldberg is a senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies after serving as Director for Countering Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction for the White House National Security Council. He was a leading architect of the “Maximum Sanctions” campaign, targeting the Central Bank of Iran, the SWIFT financial messaging service, and entire sectors of the Iranian economy. As a member of Senator Mark Kirk’s staff, Goldberg drafted and negotiated legislation promoting human rights and democracy in Iran, including sanctions targeting entities that provide the Iranian regime with the tools of repression.