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US Lawmakers to Biden: We Are Deeply Concerned About Reported Iran Deal

A group of 50 House Democrats and Republicans, led by Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), on Thursday, September 1, wrote a letter to President Joe Biden in which they call on him to share with Congress the text of a potential agreement with Iran to return to the 2015 nuclear deal before any papers are signed.

The letter expressed deep concerns about reported provisions in a potential agreement with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Concerns include weakening the effectiveness of terrorism-related sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and allowing Russia to have a role in Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

“We are deeply concerned about multiple provisions that reportedly may be contained in the final language of any agreement with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” it says. “For example, the new agreement reportedly states that, ‘Non-U.S. persons doing business with Iranian persons that are not on the [U.S. sanctions list] will not be exposed to sanctions merely as a result of those Iranian persons engaging in separate transactions involving Iranian persons on the [U.S. sanctions list] (including Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), its officials, or its subsidiaries or affiliates).’”

“While we commend you for refusing to remove the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) — one of our most powerful tools used to compel state sponsors of terror to change — the aforementioned reported provision creates a troubling precedent. We are concerned that it could significantly dilute the effectiveness of terrorism-related sanctions on the IRGC, Iran’s paramilitary terror arm, and provides the organization with a pathway for sanctions evasion,” the letter says. (INN / VFI News)

“God, we thank you for sending like-minded people our way to protect us against unwarranted attacks that could compromise the safety of our people and land.”

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