House Republicans warn President BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread conspiracy that Texas snow was made by the government The problem of a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage Tossing money in Central America will not slow down illegal migration against the lifting of sanctions against Iran as the administration re ̵
The Biden administration said last week that it would accept an invitation from the EU to talk to Iran and the five other signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, as previously President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: US political divide over masks leads to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia’s bishop says state GOP’s election proposal is an ‘attempt to suppress the black vote’ Trump closer to legal danger after court ruling on tax returns MORE withdrew from in 2018.
But news from the administration has sounded the alarm with Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee worried about easing sanctions will hurt U.S. leverage.
“Government demands for easing sanctions as a precondition for the administration’s proposed bilateral negotiations are not made in good faith,” lawmakers wrote in a letter led by the chairman. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoBiden immigration proposal reveals hardened battle lines in the post-Trump era Biden pushes widening paths to citizenship as immigration bill lands in Congress Pelosi says 9/11-style commission to investigate Capitol breach is ‘next step’ MORE (RN.Y.).
“The United States must put enormous pressure on the Iranian regime and cannot afford to be perceived as weak or shaky on these important national security threats. Customization does not affect changes. ”
The letter comes when the Biden administration also contacted the UN last week to repeal a September effort by former President Donald Trump to reintroduce sanctions against Iran.
“The lifting of sanctions only serves to back the United States into an inevitable corner and removes any power we have in our efforts to normalize Iranian and United States relations,” the lawmakers wrote.
Committee members were not the only ones to warn Biden on Tuesday.
Speaking during a virtual event with the Reagan Institute, Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense: Rockets land in Iraq’s green zone in third attack this week | The United States ‘upset’ over attack, but will not ‘lash out’ the Republican governor of Arkansas says he would not support Trump’s 2024 bid Is the ‘civil war’ in the Republican Party really over? MORE (R-Wyo.) Also rejected motions by the Biden administration to enter Iran in an attempt to resume the Obama-era nuclear deal.
Cheney called for maintaining the “maximum pressure” campaign with sanctions imposed under the Trump administration.
“The Iranian nuclear deal remains the worst single agreement the United States has ever made,” she said in her introductory remarks. “We were right to withdraw and pursue 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 signal to Iran that nuclear blackmail is effective. ”
Laura Kelly contributed.