That does not at all mean that Biden’s handers won’t continue to pursue it when they calculate that they can do so with minimal political damage.
“Fmr State Dept Spox: Iran Nuclear Deal Dead as Anti-Regime Protests Surge,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, November 11, 2022:
The Biden administration’s negotiations over a revamped version of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are dead as the result of massive anti-regime protests that have swept across the Islamic Republic, according to the former Trump administration’s State Department spokeswoman.
“I don’t see any room or any space for [the administration] to build back into” the long-stalled negotiations, Morgan Ortagus, who served under former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, said during a panel discussion Friday afternoon at the Richard Nixon Foundation’s Grand Strategy Summit in Washington, D.C. “It would be a political disaster in the U.S. and a disaster for the people of Iran who are rejecting this regime.”
How could the Biden administration “financially empower the very oppressors of the women and teenagers we’re supposed to be standing up for and standing with?” Ortagus asked….
Upon entering office, President Joe Biden’s team “didn’t have a plan for Iran except for going back into the JCPOA,” the official acronym for the Iran deal, Ortagus said. If the administration had been able to finalize another “weak and pathetic deal,” Ortagus said that around three-fourths of the Senate would have rejected it. Iran, she added, “played [Biden] for 18 months” and “I don’t see any strategy” going forward.
Jon Alterman, a former State Department official who heads the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think-tank, pushed back on Ortagus’s assessment. He said the Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure campaign on Tehran—which included the toughest sanctions regime in history—failed because U.S. allies were not on board.
It is “deeply mistaken and perhaps dishonest to argue the Biden admin thought the JCPOA was going to fix Iran,” Alterman said. “Our record of changing governments and putting something better in their place is pretty checkered.”
Alterman said he agrees with the Biden administration’s response to the anti-regime protest movement in Iran.
“The Biden administration actually has been walking a reasonable line to criticize the Iranian government for its abuses, but to be careful not to speak for the protesters, not to advocate for the protesters.”…