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Lawmakers on Thursday introduced bipartisan legislation targeting Iran’s energy sector and making it harder to fund terrorist operations or develop ballistic missiles.
“It’s absolutely critical that we prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons capabilities and address the regime’s wide range of dangerous and hostile behavior,” Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio, told Fox Digital. .
The congressman joined a bipartisan group to introduce the Solidify Iran Sanctions Act, including Reps. Susie Lee, D-Nev., and Michelle Steel, R-Calif.
“I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle – not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans – to confront and contain Iranian aggression and ensure the safety of the American people, our ally. Israel, and all freedom-loving people in the Middle East. When dealing with the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, America must choose force, not appeasement,” Joyce said.
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As the Biden administration is still negotiating the final details of a renewed nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at the Hudson Institute on Thursday, addressing key concerns about Iran policy. the United States.
“It’s a certainty that Iran will have the capability to build a nuclear weapons program if we re-enter the deal,” Pompeo said.
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He added that discussions regarding the JCPOA are “zombie discussions”. “
“The truth is that they are giving Iranians money today, even with the sanctions in place, because as anyone who has lived in this world knows, sanctions without enforcement are just a bad joke. ..”, Pompeo explained.
The former secretary argued that the United States was losing influence by pursuing the nuclear side first and then tackling the terrorist agenda.
“At least for now, the JCPOA … is the most effective way to provide permanent and verifiable assurance that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon,” State Department spokesman Ned said. Price during an interview with Fox Digital.
Iran is still the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.
Michael Doran, senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East Peace and Security at the Hudson Institute, says a JCPOA purist is the centerpiece of the Biden administration’s Iran policy.
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“The JCPOA is an instrument to engage Iran and build a relationship with it. They fundamentally believe in appeasement of Iran … to come to some sort of arrangement with it on regional security,” Doran said.
The United States announced it would impose sanctions on Iran’s top security officials and morality police following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested for allegedly failing to wear the hijab properly .
Through the Solidify Iran Sanctions Act, economic pressure would be placed on Iran’s energy sector, giving a clear signal that the United States will not tolerate any existential threat.
Doran says any effort to make the sanctions permanent is a laudatory effort, but he says they need to be enforced.
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“One of the problems we have right now is that you can have sanctions on the books, and you can have the administration, in theory, enforcing the sanctions. But if they don’t actually enforce them, then they can be undermined. , “he warned.