WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday released the following statement on the Biden administration’s announcement for U.S. re-engagement with Iran. Specifically, the administration announced that the Secretary of State will accept an invitation to participate in an upcoming P5+1 meeting with Iran; the lifting of the Trump administration’s movement restrictions on Iran’s Mission to the United Nations in New York; and a repudiation of the Trump administration’s attempt to unilaterally snap back sanctions under UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

The Trump administration’s maximum pressure approach to isolate and cripple Iran was a miserable failure. These are the right first steps by the Biden administration to reverse course and get us back on a path to rejoining the JCPOA, and we need to keep moving ahead with all deliberate speed. I’m encouraged that Secretary Blinken will rejoin JCPOA members at the next meeting of the P5+1 to discuss the way forward. If we want to make the world safer and prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability, direct diplomacy coupled with a swift return to the agreement is necessary,” said Murphy.