(Washington, DC -- March 31st, 2022) -- StandWithUs has launched a campaign, encouraging people to email the Administration and Congress, supporting the right of Congress to review all nuclear deals with Iran's regime. "The American people have a right to know all the details of the proposed nuclear deal before it is finalized," said Roz Rothstein, CEO and co-founder of StandWithUs. "Many Democrats and Republicans are deeply concerned that the deal may fuel more terrorism and conflict across the Middle East, enable Iran's development of missiles that can carry nuclear weapons, and allow Iran to keep dangerous nuclear capabilities. Congress must be able to review these and other concerns in depth."
Recent reports suggest that U.S. negotiators are close to reaching an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. However, even Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has said, "I don't know what the deal is," because he has not been informed by the U.S. Administration.
Meanwhile, Putin is playing a central role in the negotiations and knows what the deal is. Russia stands to gain billions of dollars and significantly more power, despite its horrific invasion of Ukraine and threats to use nuclear weapons. There is also a possibility that the U.S. will ease terrorism-related sanctions on Iran's regime, including the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Multiple U.S. negotiators have resigned in recent months, reportedly because they were concerned about giving up too much to Iran.
Fortunately, there is a law that should allow the American people to review the deal. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) of 2015 requires that any, "agreement with Iran relating to the nuclear program of Iran," be given a 30-day hearing in Congress. On March 10, 2022, Democrats and Republicans in Congress sent a letter asking President Biden to confirm that this review period will in fact take place and laying out 16 crucial questions that must be answered about the deal. Although the Administration has said it is, "committed to ensuring the requirements of INARA are satisfied," it has not guaranteed that it will submit any agreement with Iran to Congress.
The American people deserve answers, which is why it is so crucial for Congress to be able to review any nuclear deal with Iran's regime.
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