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U.S. Republican senators say they will not back new Iran nuclear deal

Commodities Mar 14, 2022 01:42PM ET
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By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Forty-nine of the 50 Republican U.S. senators said on Monday they will not back an emerging new nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, underscoring their party's opposition to attempts to revive a 2015 accord amid fears talks might collapse.

Citing press reports about a new deal, which has yet to be finalized and could be torpedoed by Russian opposition, the lawmakers said in a statement that Democratic President Joe Biden's administration might reach a deal to weaken sanctions and lessen restrictions on Iran's nuclear program.

They pledged to do everything in their power to reverse an agreement that does not "completely block" Iran's ability to develop a nuclear weapon, constrain its ballistic missile program and "confront Iran's support for terrorism."

Tehran denies it has ever sought atomic bombs.

Senator Rand Paul was the only Republican member of the Senate who did not sign Monday's statement. In an emailed statement, he said: “Condemning a deal that is not yet formulated is akin to condemning diplomacy itself, not a very thoughtful position."

No congressional Republicans supported the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and major powers, reached under Democratic President Barack Obama, which curbed Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions against Tehran. A handful of Democrats also objected.

The 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) gives Congress the right to review an agreement, but lawmakers are unlikely to be able to kill a deal outright after failing to do so in 2015 when Republicans controlled Congress.

Democrats now hold slim majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate and are unlikely to turn against Biden in sufficient numbers to stop a major initiative like an Iran deal.

The 2015 accord made it harder for Tehran to develop material for nuclear weapons. It fell apart after Republican President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in 2018.

Talks resumed after Biden became president last year.

Attempts to clinch a new deal were left in limbo after a last-minute demand by Russia - at odds with the West over its invasion of Ukraine - forced the powers to pause talks in Vienna despite having a largely completed text.

A spokesperson for Iran's foreign ministry said on Monday that Washington needed to make a decision to wrap up a deal.

U.S. Republican senators say they will not back new Iran nuclear deal
 

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gab nea
gab nea Mar 16, 2022 7:38AM ET
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US republicans lie , as in biden lost, and cannot be trusted anymore.
gab nea
gab nea Mar 15, 2022 3:25AM ET
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the obstructionists in the US Congress are at it again, do they not like America?
gab nea
gab nea Mar 15, 2022 3:25AM ET
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oh I forgot, they only like republican presidents that are crazy and give the ultra rich huge tax breaks.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Mar 14, 2022 6:17PM ET
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They want oil prices up!! Good for pal/fundraising and bad for Biden/Dems.
Patron Silver
Patron Silver Mar 14, 2022 2:15PM ET
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wow an actual voice of reason within the repubs
Bev Mcguffee
Bev Mcguffee Mar 14, 2022 1:53PM ET
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The Biden-Iran fiasco was not about the removal of US military.  It was and is about the timing and how and why the withdrawal was so rapid, dramatic and detrimental.  Terribly orchestrated with heart-breaking and possible devastating consequences.
First Last
First Last Mar 14, 2022 1:53PM ET
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"Terribly orchestrated" by Trump.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Mar 14, 2022 1:53PM ET
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First Last nono trumps withdrawl plan is obbiously bidens fault!!! All republican problems are really fault of big government (demoncrats!!) and minotories!!! /s
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Mar 14, 2022 1:53PM ET
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First Last shhh dont remind them it was donnys plan, they would have all been simping for donny and claiming how “lazy” afghans are like the spineless mind-cucks they are
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Mar 14, 2022 1:53PM ET
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"The Biden-Iran fiasco was not about the removal of US military.  It was and is about the timing and how and why the withdrawal was so rapid, dramatic and detrimental."   --- good lord, you think by this time people can tell the difference between Iran and Afghanistan........this is your brain, this is brain after watching FoxNews...
Nucch Nucch
Nucch Mar 14, 2022 1:40PM ET
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thank God for Republicans
First Last
First Last Mar 14, 2022 1:40PM ET
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Republicans of yore.  Not today's deplorable Retrumplicans.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Mar 14, 2022 1:40PM ET
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You think Jesus would be republican?? LOL probably drive around in lifted truck hos daddy gave him for 17th birthday?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Mar 14, 2022 12:30PM ET
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"U.S. Republican senators say they will not back new Iran nuclear deal"  -- but they will ***about the oil prices still, right?
Rad Chad
FeeFiFoFum Mar 14, 2022 12:30PM ET
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Lol Iran oil=irrelevant
First Last
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"U.S. Republican senators say they will not back new Iran nuclear deal" so that they can continue to whine about oil prices.  Because solving problems and compromises are not what they're about.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Mar 14, 2022 12:30PM ET
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......b**ch about the oil prices.....
Shep De
Shep De Mar 14, 2022 12:26PM ET
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Indeed, just crazy, we say we want to work with them and they start shizzy thinking they rule us and make demands and even attack our interests in Iraq with missiles.Crazy scary stuff, keep them without nukes no matter what
Bev Mcguffee
Bev Mcguffee Mar 14, 2022 11:26AM ET
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No to any Nuclear deal with Iran!  The Biden-Afghanistan fiasco is becoming regretfully transparent.
Nucch Nucch
Nucch Mar 14, 2022 11:26AM ET
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it's a huge ********
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Mar 14, 2022 11:26AM ET
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"The Biden-Afghanistan fiasco......"  of course that came after the Trump Afganistan fiasco when the orange messiah committed the US govt to the withdrawl timeline.....
Rad Chad
FeeFiFoFum Mar 14, 2022 11:26AM ET
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Tre Hsi  p brain
First Last
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Tre Hsi   Trump made agreement to withdraw in Biden's term so Trump can have peace in his time.
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Tre Hsi Mar 14, 2022 11:26AM ET
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Rad Chad  so are you saying your orange messiah's administration didn't sign the withdrawal agreement with the Taliban?  so who did, Obama?  JFK Jr?
 
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