(PatrioticPost.com)- After receiving a classified briefing from Biden administration officials on Wednesday, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressed doubt about a new Iran nuclear agreement.
In a possible allusion to Iran’s demand that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) be removed from a U.S. terrorist organization list, the United States said on Tuesday that it was looking forward to a positive response from Iran on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal that excludes “extraneous” issues.
However, lawmakers were doubtful that a new pact would materialize.
The administration claims there have been no negotiations. Since March, they haven’t spoken. Therefore, there are no conversations. The question is whether maintaining the possibility of a deal is desirable from a strategic standpoint.
In 2018, former President Donald Trump terminated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which said it “failed to secure America’s national security interests.”
Officials in the briefing stated that they were considering tightening sanctions against Iran.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., whether an agreement is struck, told reporters that Iran would most certainly develop nuclear weapons.
When it comes to a deal, Rubio said that he believes the question is whether they’ll have more money to accomplish it faster. There might not be a way to prevent a government committed to developing nuclear capabilities from doing so in the end. Unfortunately, that is the world in which we live.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called the administration’s Iran strategy “an unmitigated dumpster fire.”
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a supporter of the JCPOA, was less optimistic about the odds of the United States rejoining the agreement. He said that the likelihood of a breakthrough has obviously decreased over the past six months, He still doesn’t see any way other than diplomacy to safeguard the region from a potentially nuclear-armed Iran.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland expressed his optimism that the Biden administration will continue to support discussions with Iran. Van Hollen said that we want to ensure we obtain a deal on our terms. He still believes it to be a possibility and thinks the Iranian people face some difficult decisions.
According to Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Iran’s demands are seriously disturbing, and he’s not enthusiastic about the route forward.