A group of 110 Congressional Republicans has demanded that Joe Biden end his administration’s negotiations with the Iranian regime to create a new nuclear agreement. The lawmakers sent a letter to the State Department on Wednesday as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
The letter urges Biden to “immediately withdraw” from the negotiations in Vienna to re-initiate the nuclear deal and to begin vigorously enforcing the existing economic sanctions in place against the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. The letter is headed up by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Specifically, it requests that sanctions against Iranian trade with China be prioritized.
The Republican statement serves as solid evidence that the party is primarily united against restarting the agreement created by Barack Obama in 2015. During the talks with the Biden Administration, the Iranians have been demanding additional concessions from the US, including removing all sanctions on its nuclear program and sponsorship of terror organizations in the Middle East.
Since Biden assumed office, Iran has significantly expanded its nuclear program. The program includes further development of uranium enrichment, a crucial part of nuclear weapons. The enriched uranium stockpiled by the regime is only helpful as a nuclear bomb. Administration negotiators have acknowledged that Iran appears to be stalling negotiations in recent weeks to further its nuclear program.
The Republican letter cautions that Iran is “charging forward” with nuclear development, including centrifuge equipment produced to enrich and purify uranium. The letter advises that Iran is intentionally refusing to comply with the oversight duties of the International Atomic Energy Agency, preventing international inspectors from observing designated nuclear sites.
The latest point of controversy in the Vienna talks is Iran’s prohibited oil exports, which surged in 2021 and aligned with increased imports by China. The Biden administration has been signaling that it is prepared to lift all oil-related sanctions as part of the current negotiations. Republicans object strenuously to that idea, claiming that it will give Iran billions in ready cash to invest in weapons production.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told the Free Beacon that Biden needs to let go of his dream of holding a signing ceremony at the White House with the Iranian Mullahs.