Republicans in Congress refuse to remove Iran’s Revolutionary Guard from terrorist lists
- “The nuclear deal would save Iran between $90 and $130 billion,” Republican Senator Jim Risch said.
- Democratic Senator Ben Cardin noted that the Revolutionary Guards are a terrorist organization and should not be removed from the list
Republicans in Congress opposed the Biden administration’s move to remove the Iranian Revolutionary Guard from the list of terrorist organizations, and warned of the consequences for the United States and its allies.
According to the “Iran International” correspondent, after a secret meeting between the US Special Representative for Iran, Robert Malley, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Republican senators who withdrew from the meeting openly declared their opposition to removing the Revolutionary Guards from the list of terrorist organizations.
Republican Senator Jim Risch said, in a statement after the meeting, the nuclear agreement that would provide Iran between 90 and 130 billion dollars in the framework of suspending sanctions, reduce those imposed on the worst human rights violators in Iran, and remove the Revolutionary Guards from the list of terrorist organizations. It is inconsistent with the national interest of the United States.
He added, “The worst thing about the nuclear agreement with Iran is that it will enable Vladimir Putin to build his nuclear arsenal. The Biden government should withdraw from the Vienna talks.”
As Republican Senator Josh Hawley told Iran International: Biden is the president who lost two independent countries, Afghanistan and Ukraine, within six months.. Now he is looking for a path to Iran.. What does he want?
Democratic Senator Ben Cardin also noted that the Revolutionary Guards are a terrorist organization and should not be removed from the list.
Meanwhile, the Republican member of the US House of Representatives, Daryl Issa, and the Republican senator, Ted Cruz, introduced a bill to Congress that would prohibit the lifting of sanctions imposed on cooperation with Iran’s nuclear program.
On the other hand, dozens of Republicans in Congress, in a letter to the Secretary of State, expressed their concerns about nuclear talks with Iranits impact on US allies, and the possible removal of the Revolutionary Guard from the list of terrorist organizations.
“The Iranian Revolutionary Guards are the main sponsor of terrorism in the world,” said Scott Franklin, a Republican member of Congress. My colleagues and I urge the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, not to remove the Revolutionary Guard from the list of foreign terrorist organizations, under any circumstances.
In a joint statement, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Trump National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, and former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said removing the IRGC from the list of terrorist organizations was a “dangerous surrender” and “a denial of the fundamental fact that The main task of the Revolutionary Guards is to spread terrorism.”