(TargetLiberty.org) – President Joe Biden has made it clear that he wants to rejoin the nuclear agreement with Iran. For months, his administration held negotiations in Vienna with officials from the hostile government. Those talks adjourned in June, but Iran’s lead negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, said they will resume on November 29. Republican lawmakers are asking the president to abandon those negotiations.
On November 4, Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) and 16 other Republicans reportedly sent a letter urging Biden to end the talks. The lawmakers accused the administration of ignoring Iran’s increasingly aggressive behavior. Their call came after the Pentagon accused the country of planning a drone attack on a US military outpost in Syria last month. Americans were on the base when the drone strike took place.
As the Biden Administration continues to negotiate re-entering the Iran Nuclear Deal, I remain very concerned about Iran's growing nuclear capabilities and attempts to intimidate the United States. We must hold #Iran accountable. https://t.co/PXwDAmLNT2
— Bryan Steil (@RepBryanSteil) November 5, 2021
The Washington Free Beacon reportedly obtained the letter lawmakers sent to Biden. They took particular issue with the possibility of lifting all economic sanctions against the country in order to get a nuclear deal. The Republicans said the continued talks send “a dangerous message to [America’s] friends and adversaries” especially after the “largest state sponsor of terrorism” attacked American troops. Lawmakers pointed out that Iran launched a drone strike, raising questions about what respect the country will have “for any agreement once the ink is dry.”
The president has not indicated whether he will end negotiations in the wake of the attack.
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