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Iran sees no coherent voice in US government on removal of sanctions

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)
A Fiaker hackney carriage drives past the Hotel Palais Coburg, venue of the meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna on February 8, 2022. (File photo by AFP)

Iran’s top security official says there is “no coherence” coming from the United States on the revival of the 2015 Iran deal, asserting that the US administration cannot impose the cost of its internal disputes on Iran.

On Tuesday, Iran and the other parties to the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), gathered in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to resume the eighth round of talks aimed at reviving the accord.

The US has so far failed to remove its “maximum pressure” sanctions, which it imposed on Iran after the former pulled out of the JCPOA, and give guarantees that a future administration will not ditch the deal again.

“Voices from the US [governing body] show that there is no coherence in the country to make political decisions in the direction of advancement in the #ViennaTalks,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

He added, “The US administration cannot pay for its internal disputes by violating #Iran’s legal rights.”

In a letter to US President Joe Biden on Monday, a group of 33 Republican senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said any deal with Iran on restoring the JCPOA requires Senate approval.

The senators warned Biden that they will do everything in their power to block a possible deal if he moves forward without them.

They warned that the “implementation of any agreement will be severely if not terminally hampered” if the Biden administration does not fulfill a range of obligations in relation to Congressional oversight over any agreement.

Any deal that does not have Senate approval, they continued, would be “subject to being reversed” as soon as there is a new president.

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