House Republicans are warning President BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread the conspiracy that Texas snow was made by the government The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage increase Throwing money in Central America will not stop illegal migration MORE against the lifting of any sanctions against Iran while the administration reopens negotiations with the country on its nuclear program.
The Biden administration said last week that it would accept an invitation from the European Union to speak with Iran and the other five signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal that the former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: US Political Divide Over Masks Caused Half a Million COVID-19 Deaths Bishop of Georgia Says State Republican Party Election Bill Is ‘Attempt to Suppress Black Vote’ Trump closer to legal danger after a court ruling on tax returns MORE retired in 2018.
But news from the administration has raised alarm among Republicans on the House Homeland Security committee, who fear easing sanctions will hurt US influence.
“The demands of the sanctions relief regime as a prerequisite for the bilateral negotiations proposed by the Administration are not made in good faith,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter headed by the president. John katkoImmigration Bill John Michael KatkoBiden Reveals Hardened Battle Lines in the Post-Trump Era Biden Drives Expanded Pathways to Citizenship as Immigration Bill Comes to Congress Pelosi Says 9/11-style Commission to investigate the Capitol violation is the ‘next step’ MORE (RN.Y.).
“The United States must exert immense pressure on the Iranian regime and cannot afford to be perceived as weak or hesitant in the face of these major threats to national security. Appeasement will produce no change. “
The letter comes as the Biden administration also contacted the United Nations last week to rescind a September effort by former President Donald Trump to reimpose sanctions on Iran.
“The lifting of the sanctions will only serve to push the United States into an inescapable corner and will eliminate any power we have in our attempts to normalize relations between Iran and the United States,” the lawmakers wrote.
Committee members weren’t the only ones to warn Biden on Tuesday.
Speaking during a virtual event with the Reagan Institute, Rep. Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyNight Defense: Rockets Land in Iraq’s Green Zone in Third Attack of the Week | United States “outraged” by attacks, but will not “lash out” Republican governor of Arkansas says he would not support Trump’s 2024 candidacy Is the “civil war” in the Republican Party really over? PLUS (R-Wyo.) He also rejected the Biden administration’s moves to engage with Iran in an effort to join the Obama-era nuclear deal.
Cheney called for the “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign instituted during the Trump administration to continue.
“The Iranian nuclear deal remains the worst deal the United States has ever entered into,” he said in his opening remarks. “We did well to withdraw and move to a policy of maximum pressure with sanctions against the regime. Any effort by the Biden administration to return to the agreement would be a mistake and would signal to Iran that nuclear blackmail is effective. ”
Laura Kelly contributed.