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House Republican lawmakers call on Biden to maintain ‘immense pressure’ on Iran

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rep. John Katko, the Republican chairman of the Homeland Security committee in the US House of Representatives (Photo via The New York Times)


GOP lawmakers in the US House of Representatives are calling on President Joe Biden to maintain “immense pressure” on Iran.

Spearheaded by Rep. John Katko, the  lawmakers wrote a letter to the Democratic president on Tuesday, warning him not to lift anti-Iran sanctions imposed during the administration of former President Donald Trump.

“Regime demands for sanctions relief as a prerequisite for the administration’s proposed bilateral negotiations are not made in good faith,” they said.

Republicans on the House Homeland Security committee expressed concerns that removing the brutal sanctions would strip the US of its power in dealing with Iran.

“The United States must apply immense pressure to the Iranian regime and cannot afford to be perceived as weak or wavering on these important national security threats. Appeasement will not effectuate change,” they claimed. “Lifting sanctions will only serve to back the United States into an inescapable corner and removes any power we hold in our attempts to normalize Iranian and United States relations.”

The Biden administration is reportedly attempting to return to the Iran nuclear deal, which was negotiated under former President Barack Obama and rejected by Trump.

Iran has slammed the new US administration for talking of returning to the 2015 nuclear deal, while sticking with Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign in practice.

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