“We Can’t Stay Quiet”; Democrats Coming Out Against Biden Administration In “Deeply Troubling” Deal With Iran

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It was recently reported by Fox news that a group of House Democrats have banded together to raise various levels of alarm about the Biden administration’s ongoing efforts to revive a nuclear deal with Iran, saying the terms of the reported deal are deeply troubling.

Led by Democratic Reps. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Elaine Luria of Virginia, the group of 18 Democrats say the U.S. should not enter into a bad deal with Iran that allows its terrorist activities to go unchecked and fails to prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“We understand that while the recent negotiations have not concluded, we feel that we can’t stay quiet about the unacceptable and deeply troubling turn that these talks have reportedly taken,” Luria said at a news conference Wednesday with fellow Democrats. 

Negotiations have been ongoing in Vienna for the U.S. to rejoin the international deal that President Trump pulled out of in 2018.

Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are still part of the deal with Iran and have been trying to salvage it.

There have been reports for the last month that negotiators are close to an agreement, which has created a sense of urgency among the Democrats to speak out.

One major concern for the lawmakers is the prospect that the U.S. could agree to Iran’s demand that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) would no longer be designated as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).

Another concern is about Russia’s reported role in brokering and enforcing a potential deal.

“Are we seriously going to let a war criminal, Vladimir Putin, be the guarantor of this deal?” Gottheimer said. 

The message Democrats want to send to the Biden Administration is: “We need a longer and stronger deal, not one that is shorter and weaker.

It’s time to stand strong against terrorists, protect American values and our allies,” Gottheimer said. 

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