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‘Biden’s put national security at risk’: GOP lawmaker slams president after three of his team negotiating with Iran on nuclear deal RESIGN because US is being too soft and calls for him to revert to Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ policy

Quote:A Republican member of Congress on Tuesday praised three Biden administration officials who walked away from their roles on the State Department's nuclear talks with Iran.

Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida, who served in the Middle East as one of the Army's elite Green Berets, told DailyMail.com their departure at a critical junction of the discussions is a reflection of President Joe Biden's policies putting 'national security at risk.'

A State Department official confirmed that Richard Nephew, known as the architect of sanctions on Tehran, had stepped down as U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Iran after urging a tougher stance on nuclear talks.

At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reported that two other negotiators had stepped aside from their positions because they wanted a harder negotiating position.

Waltz joined their call on Tuesday by urging Biden to return to his predecessor Donald Trump's 'policy of maximum pressure' against Tehram's regime.

'It’s good to see some officials recognize when diplomacy gets too desperate and begins to really put American national security at risk,' the Florida Republican said.

'The Biden Administration should revert back to a policy of maximum pressure that focused on holding the Iran regime accountable for their nuclear capabilities, missile development, and regional terrorism and build on Abraham Accords to counter Iran’s aggression.'

Last year Waltz led a bipartisan 140-member effort in the House to urge Biden to take a 'comprehensive' approach in dealing with Iran.

The negotiating team's policy differences reportedly involved the enforcement of existing sanctions and even pulling out of the talks altogether.

Their departures, another blow to President Joe Biden's foreign policy goals and a State Department grappling with Russian diplomats who appear poised for conflict in Ukraine, come at a critical time in talks that resumed two months ago.

Western diplomats say they hope for a breakthrough in the coming weeks - but critical differences remain between the two sides and Britain on Tuesday warned of a looming impasse.

Meanwhile the Biden administration has been grappling with bipartisan criticism at home that it's taken too soft a stance against Iran as the Middle Eastern nation builds up its nuclear capabilities at breakneck speed.

A State Department official declined to comment on the specifics of internal policy discussions.

'The previous administration left us with a terrible set of choices on Iran,' he said.

'Maximum pressure failed, leaving Iran with a rapidly expanding nuclear program and a more aggressive regional posture. At the same time, we were isolated from many of our closest allies and partners.

'Working our way out of this crisis requires many difficult, closely balanced decisions, on which there can be reasonable disagreement.'

Nephew, who wanted Biden to take a harder stance against Iran, has reportedly been avoiding the meetings in Vienna since December.

That same month, senior American officials involved in the talks began pushing for an end after Iran sent in a new negotiating team that reneged on most concessions made by its previous officials, sources close to the discussion told the Journal.

Talks on returning to the 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by the Trump administration resumed in Vienna last year, under the direction of Antony Blinken's State Department.

However, they have been complicated by Tehran's refusal to talk directly with American officials. Instead, communications are shuttled between separate rooms by European diplomats.

But with the clock ticking, Western officials fear it is only a matter of weeks before Iran obtains the material and know-how to produce enough fuel for a nuclear bomb.

The result was reportedly difference of opinion within the U.S. team about whether to halt talks in the face of Iran's foot-dragging and how firmly to enforce existing sanctions.

Under the terms of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, sanctions were lifted in return for limits on Iran's nuclear program.

When President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in 2018, Iran returned to enriching uranium.

The Biden administration believes the best way forward is a return to the 2015 deal.

Iran says it also wants a return to the deal, but has rejected talk of an interim agreement in the meantime and wants a legal guarantee that the U.S. will not walk away from the JCPOA again.

The British Foreign Secretary spelled out the scale of the problem on Tuesday.

'This negotiation is urgent and progress has not been fast enough. We continue to work in close partnership with our allies but the negotiations are reaching a dangerous impasse,' Liz Truss told the British parliament.

'Iran must now choose whether it wants to conclude a deal or be responsible for the collapse of the JCPOA.

'And if the JCPOA collapses, all options are on the table.'

Iran has been building up its nuclear capabilities at an alarming rate despite multiple attacks by Israeli operatives, including the assassination of one of Tehran's top nuclear scientists.

But Iran is still ramping up its aggression against the West to test Biden's resolve. On Monday, Iranian-backed rebels launched a rocket attack against a U.S. military base in the United Arab Emirates.

And a recent report from late 2021 claims that Israel's attempts to destroy key Iranian nuclear facilities have not only led to their reconstruction but also with major improvements to their technology.

A top American official called it Iran's 'Build Back Better' plan, according to the New York Times.

Late last spring Iranians elected a new president, Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative former judge who is highly critical of the West.

Raisi has previously signaled a willingness to return to the nuclear deal, though his government's expansion of its nuclear capabilities throws doubt on whether he meant it.

Iran's Foreign Minister said on Monday that it was possible the nuclear talks could get to a stage where U.S. and Iranian negotiators can finally speak directly in one room.

'Reports saying that Iran and the U.S. are directly negotiating with one another are untrue,' Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said according to Al Jazeera.

'However, if we get to a stage where reaching a good deal with strong guarantees necessitates direct talks with the U.S., we will consider it.'

The State Department on Monday repeated that it is open to meeting with Iranian officials directly to discuss the nuclear deal, as well as other issues.

(This post was last modified: 01-25-2022 03:49 PM by CrimsonPhantom.)
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