Assessment: The Biden administration is reportedly promising Iran it will remove the IRGC from the U.S. blacklist in return for assurances from Iran that it will cease these attacks …
Republican opponents of a new Iran deal are increasingly convinced the agreement is vulnerable and are focusing on a concession that could see sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) reversed, according to sources familiar with the Republicans’ thinking.
The removal of IRGC sanctions has reportedly stalled talks in Vienna and is threatening to derail the accord at home. In the aftermath of a classified Senate briefing on the deal held last week that left members of both parties fuming, Republican staffers on Capitol Hill are circulating declassified U.S. military information detailing how IRGC-backed militias are responsible for killing more than 600 Americans in Iraq, according to a copy of that document obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
“You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.” Ez. 39;4
With the Biden administration facing increasing pressure to waive IRGC sanctions so that a deal can be finalized, the extent of Iran’s bloodshed in Iraq is taking on renewed significance, congressional sources and former U.S. officials who reviewed the declassified intelligence told the Free Beacon.
The focus on IRGC sanctions comes alongside a growing list of vulnerabilities that Republican leaders see derailing the agreement in Congress, including carveouts that will let Russia cash in on a multibillion-dollar contract to build up portions of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. Republican congressional leaders in both chambers told the Free Beacon in recent days that some Democrats are privately concerned about the new deal, jeopardizing support for the agreement before it is announced.
“The United States possesses overwhelming evidence that the IRGC is and was involved in terrorist activities, prior to and following the signing of the 2015 JCPOA,” one senior congressional aide told the Free Beacon, speaking only on background to discuss internal Republican deliberations. “The thought of the Biden administration lifting terrorism sanctions on the IRGC as a concession for them to join a new nuclear deal is not only shameful, but downright foolish.
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