US Envoy Feels Iran Sanctions to Remain under Biden
Elliott Abrams (right) succeeded Brian Hook (left) as US special representative for Iran in August. (State Department)

US Envoy Feels Iran Sanctions to Remain under Biden

Veteran American diplomat Elliott Abrams, the new US special representative for Iran, believes that sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic by President Donald Trump will remain in place under a Biden administration. Abrams was speaking to the Associated Press in Abu Dhabi on Thursday during a swing through the Middle East prior to a planned visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He said that even if President-elect Joe Biden were to reenter the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that Trump left in 2018, Iran’s continued violation of “long-term commitments it has made to the world community” would necessitate the extension of international financial penalties. Abrams touched on the recent normalization accords signed between Israel and several Arab nations, explaining that a combination of peace deals with the Jewish state and relentless US sanctions “should be brought to bear to get Iran to change its conduct.” On Wednesday, the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency revealed that Iran had amassed nearly 12 times the amount of enriched uranium it was permitted to hold as part of the 2015 accord. Abrams succeed Brian Hook as US special representative for Iran in August.

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