GOP Sends Stern Warning To Biden

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Republicans are pushing the Biden administration to not pursue an agreement with Iran that would provide the country with sanctions relief despite Congress not approving of the deal. These warnings have been issued following the recent steps that were taken in the negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

President Biden’s top aides have not released any information regarding the progress made in the negotiations between U.S. and Iranian officials, however, recent reports have stated that the two country’s officials were working on de-escalating actions through an informal agreement.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a letter to Biden on Thursday in which he pushed for the administration to remember that before any agreement was reached with Iran it would need to be “submitted to Congress.” The administration’s negotiations with Iran do not only relate to the country, but also to the partisan U.S. foreign policy issues that relate to supporting Israel, backing Ukraine against Russia, and handling China’s ambitions to gain greater global influence.

In 2018, then-President Donald Trump had withdrawn from the nuclear deal with Iran, a decision that had been widely celebrated by the Republicans. The GOP has also frequently argued that Biden’s attempts at diplomacy with Tehran are limited by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (INARA), which was enacted to ensure Congressional oversight over all decisions relating to Iran’s nuclear program. Under that act, all arrangements and agreements reached with Iran need to be submitted to Congress. This includes informal agreements as well.

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