May 11, 2021 06:59 UTC
  • ‘Restore US credibility,’ lift Iran sanctions, 53 Dem leaders tell Biden

Fifty-three Democratic Party leaders have sent a letter to US President Joe Biden, urging him to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal.

According to Press TV, they said Monday that they have “strong support” for an initiative in the Biden administration to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which former President Donald Trump quit.

“Lifting Trump’s bad-faith sanctions - which he explicitly imposed on Iran in order to make a return to the JCPOA next-to-impossible - should not be treated as a concession to Iran, but rather as an effort to restore US credibility and enhance American security,” they wrote as cited The Hill.

The US return to the deal, backed by other world’s major superpowers, is yet to materialize in the Biden Democratic administration.

The Democrats argued that Trump’s withdrawal “made America less safe,” saying, “America’s credibility has been severely damaged and its national security damaged.”

“The Obama administration did not only prove that diplomacy with Iran works, it also proved that no other policy tool advances American security more effectively than diplomacy,” they wrote to Biden. “We urge you to continue on this proven path of success.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) and Democratic Ohio congressional candidate Nina Turner were among the most notable signatories.