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Iran’s new nuclear normal gets boost from oil exports

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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (L) meets with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi in Tehran on March 4, 2023.

The normalization of Iran’s nuclear program 

The United States remains on the verge of an arrangement with Iran that the Biden administration is hesitant to call an "agreement," and that reportedly includes increased restrictions and monitoring of its nuclear program in return for some sanctions relief as well as the release of US citizens detained in Iran.

We recently explained the rough framework of this understanding and Biden’s deterrence/diplomacy policies toward Iran here, which complements other regional diplomatic activity such as the Iran-Saudi rapprochement and the reintegration of Syria into the Arab League. 

Unlike the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was solely focused on Iran’s nuclear program, Biden’s approach appears to explicitly link the nuclear talks with what Mark Fitzpatrick calls a "cease-fire" by Iran-backed militias on Americans in Iraq and Syria.

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