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Republican Senators Threaten to Block Iran Deal

Administration officials have expressed cautious optimism that the U.S. and Iran are getting close to an agreement on a pathway for both sides to return to the JCPOA, which would require the U.S. to lift sanctions and Iran to dispose of its excess nuclear material and infrastructure.
Senator Ted Cruz
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Dozens of Republican Senators are vowing to block President Biden’s attempts to return the U.S. to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, underscoring how partisan divisions threaten the deal’s viability.

Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), joined by 31 other Republican senators, wrote a letter to the president on Monday suggesting that the administration is required to submit to Congress agreements reached with Iran related to its nuclear program.  

The letter goes on to raise the possibility that submission of documents related to a deal with Iran will trigger a Congressional review and “includes the possibility of Congress blocking implementation of the agreement.” 

Former President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the international deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions that were originally lifted under the terms of the deal. China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the European Union remained participants to the agreement.  

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