Washington (Times Of Ocean)- Forty-nine of the 50 Republican U.S. senators said on Monday they will not support an emerging new nuclear treaty between Iran and world powers (P5), underscoring their party’s opposition to attempts to revive the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) amid fears talks might collapse.
According to the lawmakers, press reports about the as-yet-unfinalized deal, which could be torpedoed by Russian opposition, indicated Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration might reach a deal to weaken sanctions and lessen restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program.
They vowed to do everything in their power to reverse an agreement that doesn’t “completely block” Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons, limit its ballistic missile program, and “confront Iran’s support for terrorism. Tehran denies it has ever sought atomic bombs.
There were no Republican votes in Congress in support of the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and major powers. A handful of Democrats also objected.
Congress may have the right to renew an agreement under the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA), but they are unlikely to be able to kill a deal after failing to do so seven years ago, when Republicans controlled Congress.
As of now, Democrats hold slim majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The deal eased sanctions in exchange for limits on Iran’s ability to enrich uranium, making it more difficult for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons material.
It fell apart after former U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in 2018.
After Biden became president last year, talks resumed.
The attempts to clinch a new agreement was scuttled after a last-minute demand by Russia – at odds with the West over its invasion of Ukraine – forced the powers to halt their talks in Vienna despite having a largely completed text.
A spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry said on Monday that Washington had to make a decision to conclude a deal.