Top Democrats in the House began circulating a letter on Wednesday that supports Joe Biden’s plan to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, with no preconditions.
“We strongly endorse your call for Iran to return to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States to rejoin the agreement, and subsequent follow-on negotiations,” the letter reads. It is being circulated by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Rep. David Price (D-SC).
The idea of the letter is to show Biden he will have support from the House if he works with Iran to return to the JCPOA. Several other Democrats have already signed onto the letter, including Brad Sherman (D-CA), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Joaquin Castro (D-TX).
Last week, Biden said he would return to the deal and work on follow-on negotiations for a stricter agreement that covers Iran’s ballistic missile program. It’s not clear if Iran would entertain further treaties, but Iranian officials have made it clear they are ready to quickly come into compliance with the JCPOA if the US lifts sanctions.
On Wednesday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reiterated Tehran’s stance and said returning to the deal needs “no negotiations” and that it “just Needs a Signature.”