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Six years after the conclusion of the JCPOA, the U.S. and Iran are at a critical inflection point. A swift, compliance-for-compliance return appears to still be on the table and can be concluded with sufficient political will. Unfortunately, the parties risk snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by failing to reach the finish line.
In January 2020, Iranians and Americans held their collective breath as news broke that President Trump had ordered the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, an unauthorized offensive strike that risked plunging our nations into full-blown war. A few days later, Iran launched a barrage of missiles at two American bases in Iraq, leading to over a hundred traumatic brain injuries for U.S. soldiers sheltering from the barrage. Had one soldier been killed, which was President Trump’s red line, he had threatened a major bombing campaign inside of Iran, including targeting cultural sites – a war crime.
Trump and his Muslim ban are gone, but the damaging impact lingers on for many. This includes thousands of individuals selected for diversity visas during the Trump administration who were blocked from securing their promised visa by the Muslim ban and other Trump immigration orders. However, the fight for justice has continued, with the House Appropriations committee passing two recent amendments to rectify the issue. Read the latest developments around the Diversity Visa then join us in taking action and urging Congress to make visas available to those blocked by Trump’s bans.
Khamenei rebuked the U.S. for its positions in Vienna, saying it hasn’t taken “one step forward” in the negotiations. Another Iranian official outlined what he said were untenable U.S. positions in Vienna. Meanwhile, protests in sympathy with Khuzestan were held in different parts of Iran, and the parliament is trying to pass a bill further restricting internet access.
Protests over a water shortage crisis have erupted across Khuzestan province. Videos on social media show authorities clamping down with force, with several protestors having been confirmed killed. Meanwhile, the Rouhani administration’s spokesperson blames an Iranian law for preventing a deal in Vienna, while another government official blames the United States. Iran is also experiencing another wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths.