America’s return to a nuclear deal with Iran will just put nuclear weapons in the hands of a terrorist regime, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Friday.
Cheney released a statement criticizing the administration of President Joe Biden for announcing it would return to the deal abandoned by the administration of former President Donald Trump in 2018.
“Re-engaging with the human rights abusers in Tehran to revive this disastrous, outdated agreement will embolden a ballistic missile-armed, terrorist regime and make us and our allies more vulnerable to their hostile behavior,” Cheney said in a statement.
The deal reaches back to the administration of former President Barak Obama, which joined with other western countries in 2015 to offer Iran an end to international economic sanctions if it would ship 97% of its nuclear fuel out of the country. The objective was to limit the ability of Iran to create nuclear weapons.
Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal, calling it one-sided, and began pushing the United Nations to restore sanctions against the Iranians. The Biden Administration, according to a New York Times report Friday, is backing away from efforts to restore sanctions.
But Cheney agreed that the deal was not a good one.
“The Iran nuclear deal was one of the most flawed agreements ever negotiated,” her statement said. “The Obama Administration sent billions of dollars to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism in exchange for a pathway to obtaining a nuclear weapon.”