Research Analyst Samuel Hickey co-authored an op-ed in Business Insider countering arguments that a renewed nuclear deal will benefit Russia at the expense of the U.S.
“Today, Russia is wielding nuclear threats to help perpetrate an illegal, unjustified, and immoral war against Ukraine. At the same time, Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon than it has ever been before, largely due to former President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The US must ensure that Iran does not join Russia as a nuclear-capable power able to bully its neighbors. A renewed Iran nuclear deal is the best way to avert that disaster. Thanks to the Biden administration’s painstaking diplomacy, a resuscitated agreement to once again limit Iran’s nuclear program is within sight. However, opponents of the deal have raised a new objection: that somehow the deal is illegitimate because it involves Russia.
This is absurd. Russia’s ancillary role in the deal is a small price to pay to ensure Iran does not get a nuclear weapon.” Read more