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How Republicans Prevent Biden from Lifting Sanctions on Iran

President Joe Biden has sent negotiators to Vienna this week with the sole mission of providing Iran with billions of dollars as a first step towards rejoining the dangerous nuclear deal that Tehran has deceived from the beginning. Dispatched. The only question now is what Congress is planning to uphold the sanctions architecture it has built over the years. For weeks, Washington Republicans and centrists hope to take advantage of Biden’s historic sanctions from his predecessor to negotiate a better, more comprehensive deal with Iran. There was. Biden said his goal was “to tighten and lengthen Iran’s nuclear constraints, and to work on missile programs.” Secretary of State Tony Blinken has told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to lift terrorist sanctions on the Central Bank of the Islam or the Central Bank of the Islam, which was the first institution to provide sanctions relief under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. He said it wouldn’t be profitable. Action (JCPOA), as the 2015 Nuclear Agreement is officially known. However, under the Biden administration’s reported offer, the United States will lift sanctions on Iran in advance without suspending the administration’s support for terrorism. Iran will have access to billions of dollars through central banks and state-owned oil companies. Both are subject to sanctions due to the relationship between terrorism and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which itself is properly designated as a terrorist organization. When asked if terrorist sanctions were actually at the table in Vienna this week, State Department spokesman Ned Price almost admitted it. Under the arrangements being discussed, Islamic republics are to sponsor terrorism, take Americans hostage, enrich uranium in their own soil, test nuclear response missiles, and engage in human rights abuses against Iranians. You will get implicit approval. Even more shocking, the so-called nuclear agreement, which limits Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons, is an activity that Tehran is currently investigating by its secret nuclear weapons archive or secret nuclear sites, materials, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Would not require you to explain. .. Recall that Iran lied to the IAEA in 2015 to gain access to sanctions. That ongoing deception should be central to any negotiations on a nuclear program. In effect, Biden has offered a grant to the IRGC to reward Iran’s nuclear program if Muller stops high levels of uranium enrichment and stops testing advanced centrifuges. I will. In addition, the offer to remedy terrorist sanctions constitutes a serious breach of trust by the Secretary of State, who made him believe that if a senator voted to confirm him, it would never happen. On a bipartisan basis, Parliament must request a vote on the agreement reached in Vienna before the sanctions are lifted. Indeed, the law does not require anything more. Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement and Review Act of 2015, the President will give Congress time to submit the text of the agreement it has signed with Iran on its nuclear program, which will review it, and in some cases vote to reject it. Must be secured. Senators from both parties also ban sanctions relaxation (exemptions, licenses, or delisting) that directly or indirectly benefits entities subject to U.S. sanctions as of January 20, 2021. By advancing the law, we should consider responding to Blinken’s broken commitment to sanctions on terrorism. Terrorism and their relationship to the IRGC. Terrorist sanctions that were suspended before the law came into force also need to be reinstated. Such a bill could be addressed as an amendment to the Annual Defense Enabling Act, a harsh politics for Democrats who voted for terrorist sanctions in Iran four years ago while the Trump administration was still in agreement with Iran. I have set up a vote. Another potential fix: There will be no sanctions relief against Iran until all American hostages have been released and Iran has fully explained its undeclared nuclear activity. Who supports rewarding Tehran for taking Americans hostage? Who defends the nuclear deal that allows Iran to keep its nuclear location, materials and activities hidden? Is it inconsistent with the overall premise of the agreement? Forcing a vote on a bill that reveals the Biden administration’s fallacy in Iran policy would dramatically increase pressure. If you think you’re desperate, think again. The Obama administration opposed sanctions on the Iranian central bank in 2011. Still, the Republicans, who were a minority in the Senate at the time, used Senate procedures to force votes on these sanctions and passed 100-0. Lessons Learned for Republicans: Instead of diluting their principles on Iran, they should use all available procedural tools to enforce harsh votes. Finally, Republicans need to make it clear that if they regain control of Parliament in 2022 or the White House in 2024, they will promptly re-impose the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Biden administration. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R., Wisc.) And Senator Tom Cotton (Republican, Ark) have submitted resolutions to the House and Senate against lifting Iran’s sanctions. These resolutions send a message to businesses and banks around the world that if they return to Iran at the request of the Biden administration, they will be subject to US sanctions again in the future. Republicans should prevent President Biden from easing sanctions on Iran. They also need to rethink the private sector about rushing to deal with world-leading state-sponsored terrorism, especially as the relaxation of sanctions is certain to be temporary.