Assessment: Senior Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Darrell Issa: ‘This is turning back on the switch to Iran’s nuclear program’ …
The Biden administration’s new nuclear deal with Iran includes a “quid pro quo” with Russia that will enable it to make billions of dollars performing otherwise sanctioned work on Tehran’s nuclear sites, according to Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Issa and other Republican foreign policy voices are galvanizing in opposition to the soon-to-be-announced deal following a classified briefing for HFAC members held late last week. Lawmakers who attended the closed-door session were provided with a readout on the current state of negotiations by U.S. special envoy for Iran Robert Malley and Brett McGurk, White House coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa.
“The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him” Ex. 38:1-2
(Makhail Ulyanov, Russia’s lead negotiator in Vienna)
Issa, who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon following the classified brief, would not discuss its contents but said it is clear the Biden administration will waive sanctions that have stopped Russia from building out portions of Iran’s contested nuclear infrastructure, describing this carveout as a “quid pro quo” with Moscow.
“Biden is managing to pull off an incredible feat: Help Iran go nuclear and help Russia get rich helping them do it,” Issa told the Free Beacon. “No question about it. This is a quid pro quo the administration has negotiated with the Iranians and Russians that Biden intends to deliver by executive fiat.”
The Free Beacon first reported last week that Iran has a $10 billion contract with Russia’s state-controlled energy firm, Rosatom, that will see Moscow construct new portions of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant. Trump administration sanctions stopped this work, but as part of the new nuclear agreement, these sanctions will be lifted so the work can go ahead.
Already, the Biden administration has waived certain sanctions that blocked Russia, China, and others from engaging in nuclear work with Iran.