Mar 14, 2022: According to a report by Reuters, forty-nine of the 50 Republican U.S. senators said on Monday they will not back an emerging new nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
The decision underscores their party’s opposition to attempts to revive a 2015 accord amid fears talks might collapse.
The senators say President Joe Biden’s administration might reach a deal to weaken sanctions and lessen restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program.
They pledged to do everything in their power to reverse an agreement that does not “completely block” Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, constrain its ballistic missile program and “confront Iran’s support for terrorism.”
Tehran denies ever trying to build an atomic bomb. No congressional Republican has backed the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the major powers, reached under Democratic President Barack Obama, who called for an end to Iran’s uranium enrichment program in exchange for lifting international sanctions against Tehran.
A handful of Democrats also objected.
Senator Rand Paul’s aides, the only Republican who did not sign the statement, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Democrats, who now hold slim majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate, are unlikely to turn against Biden in sufficient numbers to stop a major initiative like an Iran deal.
The 2015 accord fell apart after Republican President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S in 2018, saying it was flawed to Iran’s advantage.
Attempts to revive the deal are now in danger of being thwarted over Russia’s differences with the West over its attack on Ukraine and have forced the powers to suspend talks in Vienna.
A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry said Monday that Washington needed to decide whether to end the deal.
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