Retired US military leaders warn Biden against Iran deal

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A group of 46 retired US generals and admirals are urging President Joe Biden and Congress to reject the new nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran.

In a open letter released on Wednesday, they said the “dangerous” deal is “on the verge of instantly fueling explosive Iranian aggression and paving the way for Iran to become a nuclear power, threatening the American homeland and existence even regional allies of America”.

According to the authors of the letter, which was drafted in coordination with the Jewish National Security Institute of America (JINSA), the agreement currently being negotiated “will enable the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to throw its own nuclear shadow over the Middle East”. .”

Calling the potential new deal “shorter and weaker” than the original deal, they said it could “get Iran twice as close to a nuclear weapon” as the 2015 deal, “would restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program to begin expiring in two years. and would “not prohibit Iran’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles.”

Retired US military leaders have also voiced their opposition to the removal of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corpswhich they described as Iran’s “main terrorist wing responsible for the deaths of at least 600 US troops”, off the US terror list, a key Iranian demand.

Lifting sanctions against Iran “would earn hundreds of billions of dollars for the radical regime in Tehran to fuel greater aggression against American soldiers and our allies in the region,” they also warned.

The letter also notes that Moscow played a “central role” in shaping the draft agreement at a time when Russia is “ruthlessly attacking [Ukraine] and, brandishing its nuclear weapons, forcing the rest of the world to stay largely on the sidelines”.

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