Rep. Barry Moore (AL-02) joined nearly 200 House Republicans signing a letter to President Biden warning that any nuclear deal made with Iran without Congress’ approval will meet the same fate as the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or “Iran deal”, made by President Obama. In May 2018, President Trump formally withdrew the United States from this misguided and poorly negotiated deal. Recently, the Iranians demanded a guarantee from the Biden administration that will allow them to continue with their illicit nuclear program without sanctions being reimposed on their country so long as they abide by the terms of the now-defunct JCPOA.
“With our global standing already weakened by his foreign policy blunders, President Biden must not make things worse by making unilateral promises to foreign adversaries that he legally does not have the power to keep,” said Rep. Moore. “If President Biden naively insists on forging ahead with an irresponsible nuclear agreement with the Iranians without congressional support, my Republican colleagues and I will use our Constitutional authority to stop it. Iran’s authoritarian government continues to fund terrorism around the globe and engage in activities that threaten the security of the United States, Israel and other allies, and I will do all I can to fight any deal that makes concessions to a regime that has repeatedly shown will not honor its word.”
The letter highlights the flaws of the Obama-era Iran agreement, the JCPOA, and states that members will:
- Oppose any agreement that lifts U.S. sanctions on the Iranian regime without first verifying Iran has accounted for its nuclear capabilities, dismantled its enrichment capabilities, ended all research and development on nuclear-capable missiles and fully dismantled all existing nuclear-capable missiles, halted its support for terrorists, and released all U.S. prisoners.
- View any agreement not ratified by the Senate as non-binding.
- Work to reimpose and strengthen any terrorism, missile or human rights sanctions lifted, suspended or otherwise weakened by such an agreement.
- Investigate whether President Biden’s dependency on the Russians to revive the Iranian nuclear deal is weakening our deterrent posture with the Russians in Ukraine and other areas of the world.
Read the full letter here.