Democrats and Republicans in the 50th House of Representatives are demanding that Biden publish the text of a nuclear deal with Iran
Democrats and Republicans in the 50th House of Representatives are calling on Biden to release the text of a nuclear deal with Iran: Lawmakers are sounding the alarm that the US will weaken sanctions on terrorist financing if talks accelerate
- 34 Democrats and 16 Republicans signed a letter to Joe Biden on Thursday
- They asked him to share the text of a proposed new nuclear deal with Iran
- After 16 months of agonizing talks, hopes are high that an agreement is near
- But the 50 MPs fear they could let Russia into Iran’s nuclear program
- And they say it could weaken sanctions against Tehran’s terrorist activities
- “We must face the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, stand strong against terrorists, and protect American assets and allies,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer said
A bipartisan group of members of Congress on Thursday expressed fears that a new nuclear deal with Iran would weaken sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and open the door for Russia to play a role in the country’s nuclear program.
In a letter to the White House, 50 Republicans and Democrats called on President Joe Biden to submit the draft text for a new agreement to Congress.
After months of talks, negotiations appear to have entered the final stages.
The letter was organized by Democrat Josh Gottheimer and Republican Andrew Garbarino, and Flags reports that the deal will eliminate secondary sanctions against non-Americans doing business with the IGRC.
“The IRGC, directly or through its proxies, including Hezbollah, Hamas, Ansar Allah (Houthis), Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and numerous Shia militias in Iraq, has killed hundreds of Americans and attacked our bases and our allies in the region, they say 50 legislators – 34 Democrats and 16 Republicans.
“Boosted by an estimated $1 trillion in sanctions relaxation over a decade, Iran and the IRGC would pose a tremendous threat to Americans at home and abroad and to our allies.”
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is sounding the alarm over a new nuclear deal with Iran and wants President Joe Biden to share the text of a deal
Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a Democrat, organized the letter with Republican Rep. Andrew Garbarino. About 34 Democrats and 16 Republicans joined forces to sign it
President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal amid concerns about Iran’s development of long-range missiles and its support of terrorist groups
However, they welcome Biden’s apparent refusal to bow to Iranian pressure to remove the IRGC from the terrorist list.
“Furthermore, we urge your government not to allow Russia to be Iran’s recipient of enriched uranium, nor to have the right to conduct nuclear work with the Islamic Republic, including a $10 billion deal to expand the Iranian nuclear infrastructure,” they write.
“We should not let war criminal Vladimir Putin become the guarantor of the deal or the custodian of vast amounts of enriched uranium in Iran.”
Her letter comes as talks are reportedly coming to a conclusion.
“I hope that the JCPOA will be finalized in the next few days,” French President Emmanuel Macron said, referring to the joint comprehensive plan of action when addressing ambassadors on Thursday.
It comes after a flurry of diplomatic activity after 16 months of indirect talks between Tehran and Washington. European officials were tasked with delivering messages between the two negotiating teams at a Vienna hotel.
And on August 8, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced that a final deal had been worked out.
Republicans on Thursday voiced their fears about what a new nuclear deal could mean
President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal in 2018, accusing Iran of funding terrorist groups and ignoring the spirit of the deal by developing ballistic missiles.
Since then, Iran has been enriching uranium closer to the purity and quantity needed to fuel a nuclear weapon.
In March, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that their stocks of uranium enriched to 60 percent had grown by more than 80 percent in three months.
Talks on returning to a deal and lifting sanctions on Iran in return for limiting Tehran’s nuclear research have repeatedly stalled.
And Republicans remain largely opposed to a new deal.
But they are backed by hawkish Democrats.
“We must not reduce terrorism-related sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or allow Russia a role in Iran’s nuclear capabilities,” Gottheimer said.
“We must face the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, stand strong against terrorists, and protect American values and allies.”
Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in a phone call on Wednesday that the United States would never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, according to the White House.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11171073/50-House-Democrats-Republicans-demand-Biden-release-text-Iran-nuclear-deal.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Democrats and Republicans in the 50th House of Representatives are demanding that Biden publish the text of a nuclear deal with Iran