IP- Saudi Arabia says it should be a part of any potential negotiations between the incoming U.S. administration and Iran on a new nuclear deal, Foreign Minister told CNBC.

Iran PressMiddle East: Saudi Arabia seeks to partner with the U.S. administration on a potential new agreement, which would not only limit Iran’s nuclear activities but also seek to address its “regional malign activity,” Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on Saturday.

Such an accord could be labeled the “JCPOA++,” he added.

The JCPOA, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is a 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers that limited the country’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. The original agreement was signed by the five permanent members of the United Nations’ Security Council — China, France, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S., plus Germany.

US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the JCPOA in 2018, calling it the “worst deal in history.” Since then, his administration has placed crushing sanctions on Iran, dubbed the “maximum pressure campaign.”

“And, of course, its ballistic missile programs and other arms programs, which (it) continues to use to spread havoc around the region,” Al-Saud added.


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