May 24, 2022 16:06 GMT
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The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is holding a hearing tomorrow 'to examine the JCPOA negotiations and US policy on Iran moving forward' with testimony from Robert Malley, US Special Envoy to Iran.
- A livestream will be available tomorrow at 10:00 ET 15:00 BST:https://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/the-jcpoa-...
- The hearing will be the first public examination of the Biden Administration's Iran policy since the JCPOA talks stalled in April over Tehran's demands for the IRGC's (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) delisting as a foreign terrorist organisation.
- There have been numerous calls since for greater Congressional oversight from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. President Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and one of the architects of the 2015 deal, has stated recently that the ambition of the administration remains a return to compliance with the terms of the original JCPOA but political will for a deal appears limited.
- Earlier today, the UK's chief diplomat to the JCPOA talks Stephanie al-Qaq reported the conclusion to two days of talks with Israeli counterparts on security, Iran, and the JCPOA.
- The committee is chaired by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) who is generally sceptical on the merits of the JCPOA and holds hawkish views on Iran.