Iran’s continued nuclear activity imperils JCPOA, Austin says


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Iran’s continued nuclear activity imperils JCPOA, Austin says
The defense secretary said the United States was committed to countering Iran, even as Washington works to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
Published: NOVEMBER 20, 2021

Tehran’s continued nuclear activity imperils the viability of the Iran deal, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told a security conference in Bahrain in advance of the resumption of talks to revive the deal scheduled for November 29 in Vienna. “Iran’s actions in recent months have not been encouraging – especially because of the expansion of their nuclear program,” Austin told the IISS Manama Dialogue, during a major policy address on America’s role in the Middle East.

He focused in part on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and the Biden administration’s push to restore the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to constrain that activity. The US exited the JCPOA, known as the Iran deal, in 2018 under direction from former US President Donald Trump. “Iran’s nuclear activities are bringing us closer to the point at which returning to the JCPOA won’t recapture its benefits,” Austin said.