Senior Senate Republicans urge Biden not to return to Iran’s nuclear deal

On the same Tuesday that the United States and Iran had an indirect meeting in Vienna, four Senate Republican officials called on President Joe Biden to not return to Iran’s nuclear deal and lift sanctions.

Senator Jim Inhof (Republican), Marco Rubio (Republican), Pat Toomey (Republican), Todd Young (Republican), leaders of several Senate committees or subcommittees, open letter (Republican)pdf) To Biden expressing concern that the United States will return to Iran’s nuclear agreement-Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“The United States must not relinquish its leverage on the Iranian regime just to return to the JCPOA. This is a serious flaw that undermines national security interests due to arbitrary sunsets and limited extent. It’s an agreement, “the Senator said in a letter. Sanctions as “huge leverage”.

“Unfortunately, recent comments from government officials suggest that it is exactly what the United States is trying to offer to Tehran,” the letter read.

Iran’s US envoy, Robert Murray, told the BBC last month: [Donald] Trump spoke. It was bad for the United States, Iran, and the region. “

Trump put “maximum pressure” on Iran after him Officially withdrawal Since the 2015 Iran Agreement in May 2018, we have called it a “horrible one-sided agreement” and a “fundamentally flawed”.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said last month that rejoining the deal with Iran would reduce the security of the United States in the Middle East.

“We urge your administration to reset that approach immediately. The House of Representatives rejected the JCPOA on a bipartisan basis in 2015,” the four senators continued in a letter. “Returning to the JCPOA is not a recipe for sustainable Iranian policy and does not protect the national security interests of the United States.”

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Epoch Times.

Ned Price, State Department spokesperson Confirmed at the briefing on Monday The relaxation of the sanctions is part of the “we need to take the United States to return to JCPOA compliance” steps. The other part is the nuclear step that Iran will need to take.

“”[T]The hat is what we want to achieve in the long run and is a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA. That’s exactly what President Biden (then Biden candidate) showed in the trajectory of the campaign, “Price added.

On the other hand, Iran argued that Washington had to lift the sanctions first because it first violated the agreement with its withdrawal.

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The handout, provided by the EU delegation in Vienna, was attended by representatives from the European Union, Iran and others at Iran’s nuclear negotiations at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, Austria, on April 6, 2021. I will. )

After the Vienna summit on Tuesday, Iran’s chief negotiator, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Alach, said the negotiations were “going in the right direction.” Washington post..

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki comment “The diplomatic path is the right path to move forward, and it benefits all sides,” Vienna said on Tuesday.

The Vienna summit will resume on Friday.

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