More than 100 Republican members of Congress urged U.S. President Joe Biden to halt negotiations to renew the failed nuclear deal, arguing in a letter that continuing them “only further enables Iran’s malign activities, including their aggressive nuclear pursuits.”
Although the Biden administration has been condescending to the Iranian regime, it has taken undue advantage by evading imposed sanctions, the lawmakers note in their letter, according to The Washington Free Beacon Jan. 12.
“We write to urge you to immediately withdraw from the fruitless Vienna talks to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and instead strongly enforce existing sanctions against Iran, particularly concerning the oil trade between Iran and the People’s Republic of China,” they wrote in a letter led by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.).
They added: “Further delay of action on this only further enables Iran’s malign activities, including their aggressive nuclear pursuits.”
McCaul is the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and agrees with the letter’s 109 other signatories that the U.S. should not re-sign the 2015 nuclear deal that the Biden administration is going after despite delays and snubs imposed by the Iranian regime.
“Iran is charging forward with its nuclear program, using advanced centrifuges and producing equipment for such centrifuges while stockpiling increasing quantities of uranium enriched at 20% and 60% purity,” the lawmakers describe.
They continue, “Iran also continues to gain irreversible knowledge through this nuclear work. While the Administration has consistently indicated a willingness to negotiate toward a return to the JCPOA, Iran has made a return even less valuable for the [international community] as it makes greater nuclear gains and gets closer to the deal’s sunsets.”
Moreover, Iran’s authoritarian regime continues to defy sanctions imposed by the U.S.–led international community openly by increasing oil sales to the Chinese Communist regime by 40% during 2021.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was the largest consumer of the illegally sold oil, purchasing 310 of the nearly 418 million barrels shipped by the Iranian regime abroad.
The other 108 million barrels were negotiated with the United Arab Emirates, Syria, Venezuela, and Russian regimes.
According to analysts, the millions of dollars obtained strengthens the Iranian regime accused of financing regional terrorism and militias of violent groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
In this context, for the chief of staff of the watchdog group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), Claire Jungman, which tracks illegal Iranian oil tankers, the Biden administration’s inaction in enforcing sanctions only serves to discredit it.
“The 40% increase in Iran’s oil exports is a result of the Biden administration’s refusal to enforce sanctions,” Jungman said.
She added: “This lack of enforcement is a form of sanctions relief and has led to an improvement in Iran’s economic situation and diminished the leverage and credibility of the U.S. during negotiations.”