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House GOP Moves to Tank Biden’s Iran Diplomacy

The Republicans promise to oppose any agreement that lifts U.S. sanctions on Iran unless the Iranian regime has first fully dismantled all its enrichment capabilities.
Protesters in Tehran burn the American flag last week during a commemoration of Iran's Islamic revolution 43 years ago. Photo: Sobhan Farajvan/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
Protesters in Tehran burn the American flag last week during a commemoration of Iran’s Islamic revolution 43 years ago. Photo: Sobhan Farajvan/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Nearly 200 House Republicans have written to President Biden warning any nuclear deal made with Iran without Congress’ approval “will meet the same fate” as the 2015 agreement by President Obama later abandoned by President Trump.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has been working feverishly to secure an agreement via indirect nuclear talks in Vienna, but on Wednesday, an Iranian official publicly called for Congress to pledge that the U.S. will stay in a potential deal.

  • The GOP letter — signed by most members of the party that polls say will run the House next year — bluntly rebuffs Iran’s request.
  • It also complicates Biden’s already-fraught efforts to revive the deal negotiated by the Obama administration and backed by the European Union and U.N. Security Council.
  • The administration sees a return to an agreement as a way of avoiding a nuclear arms race in the already volatile Middle East.

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