April 9, 2021 | National Review

How Republicans Can Stop Biden from Lifting Iran Sanctions

Instead of diluting their principles, congressional Republicans should use every available procedural tool to force tough votes.
April 9, 2021 | National Review

How Republicans Can Stop Biden from Lifting Iran Sanctions

Instead of diluting their principles, congressional Republicans should use every available procedural tool to force tough votes.

President Joe Biden sent his negotiators to Vienna this week with a singular mission: Offer Iran billions of dollars as part of a first step toward rejoining a dangerous nuclear deal that Tehran cheated on from the very beginning. The only question now is what Congress plans to do to defend the sanctions architecture it has built over many years.

Under the Biden administration’s reported offer, however, the U.S. would lift terrorism sanctions on Iran up front without requiring any halt to the regime’s state sponsorship of terrorism. Iran would gain access to billions of dollars through its central bank and national oil company — both of which are subject to sanctions because of their ties to terrorism and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which itself is correctly designated as a terrorist entity. When asked this week if terrorism sanctions were, in fact, on the table in Vienna, State Department spokesperson Ned Price all but admitted it.

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International Organizations Iran Iran Global Threat Network Iran Nuclear Iran Sanctions Sanctions and Illicit Finance