Republicans troubled by ongoing talks to revive Iran nuclear deal: ‘Russia shouldn’t be at any table’


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Republicans are alarmed by a possible breakthrough to revive the Iran nuclear deal, amid reports that the US and Iran are close to reinstating the 2015 nuclear deal.

Negotiations are underway in Vienna for the United States to join the international agreement from which President Trump withdrew in 2018. Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are still part of the deal with Iran and are trying to salvage it.

Republicans have long been skeptical of the Iran nuclear deal, but say the timing of any restart is particularly troubling given Russia’s involvement in its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

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Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., talks about his planned trip to the Ukrainian border on March 4, 2022.
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“Russia shouldn’t be at any table with us right now,” Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., told Fox News Digital, adding that he was “very concerned” about a new deal. “They are committing acts of terrorism and flagrant murder in a free democracy in Ukraine, in Europe right now.”

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., also spoke out against any restart of a deal, calling it “extremely dangerous and extremely wrong” on Fox News Radio’s “The Guy Benson Show.”

And Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Texas, warned on Twitter that a nuclear deal with Iran could make it “EASIER for the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism to obtain a nuclear weapon.”

The growing concern follows Wall Street Journal reports on March 3 that the US and Iran were closing in on a deal after weeks of intense negotiations in Vienna involving the US and Iran. , as well as Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. . US and Iranian officials have warned they are still working through sanctions relief arrangements.

A European diplomat told Fox News on Friday that a new agreement is expected within a few days.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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Congressional Republicans say they have not been consulted on any deal the Biden administration is brokering with help from the Russians. They are pushing for any new deal to be considered by Congress.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal Review Act passed in 2015 with bipartisan support requires the administration to submit any deal to Congress for review within five days of its conclusion.

A group of 33 Republican senators led by Senator Ted CruzR-Texas, already pledged last month to do everything in its power to block a new nuclear deal if President Biden does not get Senate approval.

In addition to Russia’s involvement in the Iran nuclear deal, Fitzpatrick said the Iranian government is “not acting in good faith” and the United States is not even enforcing existing agreements.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and other members of the Republican Conference leave a luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and other members of the Republican Conference leave a luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fitzpatrick, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was referring to the 1994 deal in which Ukraine renounced nuclear weapons after the fall of the Soviet Union in exchange for commitments from Russia and the West to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty.

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“Does anyone think that if Ukraine were the third largest possessor of nuclear weapons, Russia would be invading it right now? Fitzpatrick said. “Of course not. They gave them up on our word, based on the commitment that the US, UK made to Ukraine and Kazakhstan as well.

“And we’re not keeping our end of the deal,” Fitzpatrick continued. “So what does this mean for future nuclear proliferation agreements? They’re headed down the wrong path on all of those fronts.”

Fox News’ Kelly Laco and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.


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