Russians Announce US-Iran Deal as the Invasion Continues

A senior Russian official recently claimed that a new nuclear deal with Iran would be announced within 24 to 48 hours, signaling that the Biden administration is continuing to rely on and cooperate with Russia even as it wages a full-scale war in Ukraine.

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s ambassador for Iran negotiations, made the announcement in a video released on March 3rd that is now circulating on social media. Ulyanov also stated that he does not see the deal falling apart as a result of Russia’s war, adding that the two issues remain separate.

The terms of the deal remain unknown as the Biden administration has sought to completely cut Congress out of the deal and prevent it from performing its legally mandated oversight. Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, Congress must give its approval of any new agreement with the terrorist-supporting country.

While the Biden administration has promised to follow this law, Congress has not been given any details of the deal or been asked to approve it before the U.S. signs onto it.

Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the controversial failed deal — known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — in May 2018, but during his campaign and after his election, Joe Biden expressed willingness to re-enter the JCPOA and lift sanctions on Iran that were imposed by the Trump administration.

Even as Western nations, including the U.S., attempt to isolate and sanction Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has served as the United States’ key interlocutor in the talks. Republican foreign policy leaders in Congress have criticized the Biden administration for its reliance on Russia in the talks.

“Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine is reprehensible, but we can’t lose sight of the next national security crisis as it forms before our eyes: The Biden administration is reportedly rushing to finalize a deal with Iran, brokered by Russia, that it does not want Congress to review, in violation of U.S. law,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Washington Free Beacon.

“Congressional review of any Iran nuclear deal was enacted with broad bipartisan support to ensure legislative oversight of any dealings regarding the nuclear program of the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” McCaul said. “If the administration circumvents Congress, that is a blinking red light for the American people that this is a bad deal.”

Iranian officials have also signaled that a deal is all but finished.

Mostafa Khoshcheshm, one of the Iranian negotiating team’s advisers, told the country’s state-controlled press on Thursday, March 3rd that “the U.S. has accepted Iran’s conditions to reach an agreement.”

Khoshcheshm claimed that the Russia-Ukraine conflict has forced the Biden administration to “retreat” from its tough negotiation stance.

“There are now even stronger indications that the Ukrainian crisis has forced [the] West to retreat in Vienna talks as several [European Union] states have started demanding” that sanctions on Iran’s crude oil trade be walked back, he was quoted as saying.

Source: The Blaze

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