(RepublicanPress.org) – Relations between the United States and Iran have been contentious, at best, the last few years. In 2018, Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, calling it “decaying and rotten” and an “embarrassment” to him as an American. However, Iran appears to have ramped up efforts to enrich uranium in the wake of the US presidential election in 2020.
Iranian state television reported that Tehran asked a UN watchdog to omit details regarding its nuclear program in January 2021. Despite that act of aggression, Biden’s transition team entered into secret talks with Iran days shortly before his January 20 inauguration.
The Times of Israel reported on those talks on January 16, adding that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was working to put together a team to develop a strategy to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear superpower.
The US and Israel Team Up
On Wednesday, February 24, Axios reported that the United States and Israel plan to relaunch a strategic working group to address issues surrounding Iran. The first talks are expected to focus on intelligence data collected regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
Intense scrutiny from critics regarding the relationship between the US and Israel raises questions regarding the success of future agreements. Additionally, Biden and Netanyahu have differing opinions regarding how to handle Iran and the possibility of reentering the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. However, the resumption of talks between the two countries and the working group’s renewal indicates both nations are getting serious about dealing with Iran and appear capable of setting politics aside.
As Donald Trump observed in 2018, it remains doubtful that the US could get Iran to agree to a new agreement that provided adequate protections for the rest of the world. Time will tell if the United States and Israel can accomplish anything through negotiations with the unpredictable country. We will keep you updated regarding negotiations.
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