The Urgency of Now: The Administration and Congress on Time Running Out For Iran Deal

With the Biden administration warning that time is running out for the United States to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran, Congress is becoming anxious about the status of ongoing negotiations and demanding oversight of any deal that comes out of Vienna. On February 1, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez announced his growing concerns on the Senate floor; on February 8, thirty-two Senate Republicans sent a letter to the president demanding he send any deal to Congress for approval as required by law. Under pressure from both chambers, the White House’s lead Iran negotiator Rob Malley briefed the House and Senate foreign relations committees on February 8 and 9, respectively, behind closed doors. Reactions by members of Congress to those briefings were decidedly mixed, highlighting different conclusions being drawn in Washington from Iran’s continued nuclear advances.

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JINSA Staff Contributors

Jonathan Ruhe – Director of Foreign Policy
Andrew Ghalili – Senior Policy Analyst