The Strategist

WSJ: USA may abandon JCPOA in favor of a new agreement on Iran

03/14/2022 - 10:35

The US will not negotiate on exceptions to sanctions against Russia to save the JCPOA. The Wall Street Journal reported this, citing a U.S. official.

The Wall Street Journal pointed out that the U.S. will not discuss exceptions to "Ukraine-related" sanctions against Russia to "save" the JCPOA. Moreover. Washington will try to conclude an alternative agreement from which Russia will be excluded if Moscow does not give up its demands.

In 2015, the UK, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, France, and Iran struck a nuclear deal, the JCPOA, which involved lifting sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran's nuclear program. 

In May 2018, then-U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the JCPOA and reinstate sanctions against Tehran. In response, Iran announced a phased reduction of its commitments under the agreement, abandoning restrictions on nuclear research, centrifuges, and uranium enrichment levels.