U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today slammed President Biden for working with Russia—the same country that is invading Ukraine and murdering innocent civilians—as well as Communist China to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran. Ernst reminded folks that Iran remains the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism and manufactured many of the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that killed or injured American soldiers in Iraq.
Ernst said that we can never expect the Iranians to act in good-faith, and they have continued to enrich uranium as they did while they were in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Last month, Ernst backed legislation to re-impose terrorism sanctions on the Iran-controlled Houthis after a series of terror strikes on civilian targets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. In January, Ernst joined nine of her Senate colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden demanding that he enforce mandatory sanctions against the growing fleet of oil tankers selling Iranian oil and against the entities purchasing this oil.
Senator Ernst joined an effort to impose human rights sanctions on the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the regime’s President Ebrahim Raisi. Ernst has continued to oppose the Biden administration’s efforts to rejoin the JCPOA. She supported a bill that would enable Congress to approve—or block—any effort by the administration to suspend or terminate U.S. sanctions against the Iranian regime. She also urged the Biden administration to work with our allies and partners to impose a new arms embargo on Iran.
In addition, Ernst helped introduce legislation that would curb President Biden’s ability to re-enter the JCPOA.
Ernst has been outspoken in calling on the Biden administration to make it a top priority to keep our nation and the world safe from the threat of Iran, penning an op-ed in the Washington Examiner.