Republicans Launch Initiative to Keep Sanctions on Iran

Republicans Launch Initiative to Keep Sanctions on Iran

( – The United States entered into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action along with the four other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany in 2015. Former President Donald Trump withdrew from the plan, informally known as the Iran nuclear deal, and reimposed sanctions in 2018. He did so over concerns that Iran had violated the terms of the agreement.

The Biden administration has discussed removing sanctions if Iran agrees to comply with the terms of the 2015 deal. Administration officials have also begun talking with Iranian representatives about returning to the agreement with the assistance of third-party nations.

Republicans have never liked the Iran nuclear deal, and they’re taking steps to prevent the administration from renegotiating it without Congressional approval. A group of House Republicans unveiled the Maximum Pressure Act on Wednesday, April 21.

It includes measures requiring the Senate to ratify any new deal with the Iranian regime. It would also solidify Trump’s sanctions against Iran as federal law, effectively preventing the Biden administration from reversing them.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined the Republicans in announcing the bill. As he noted, the world is “safer” due to “President Trump’s Maximum Pressure policy” against Iran. There’s no rational basis for returning to the Iran nuclear deal.

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