Washington-Téhéran : l'élection de Joe Biden change-t-elle la donne ? Chroniques américaines, November 30, 2020
The recent assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the father of Iran's nuclear program, echoes that of Qassem Soleimani in January 2020 and illustrates the policy of "maximum pressure" which has prevailed these past four years. In this context, Joe Biden's election gives rise to high expectations for the appeasement of U.S.-Iran relations.
Following the Trump administration's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 and to impose new sanctions, the relations between Washington and Teheran have reached their worst. Joe Biden's election seems to allow for the possibility of appeasement, especially as he nominates former Obama officials to his future Cabinet.
Will Biden manage to restore relations despite the Trump administration's renewed desire to exert "maximal pressure" in their last months in power? How much leeway will he have in the Senate to fulfill his campaign promise to reenter the Iran nuclear deal?
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