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Biden withholds details of ‘secret deal’ Russians proposed to Iran: Reps

House Republicans demand that the Biden administration share what it knows about an apparent Russian rapprochement with Iran over a proposed “interim” nuclear deal amid a standoff between Tehran and the major powers.

The US is ‘aware’ of the proposal, NBC reported, amid government efforts to try and revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Such an interim deal would involve lifting some sanctions against Tehran in exchange for additional restrictions on its nuclear program — the same kind of compromises that are part of the 2015 deal negotiated during the Obama administration that President Donald Trump scrapped.

Amid limited information on possible steps, House Republicans with a national security background are demanding that the government share what it knows.

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According to a weekend report, the Biden administration is “aware” of a Russian nuclear proposal to Iran. House GOP lawmakers demand to see

“Russia has sent a secret agreement to Iran. Russia is now trying to take the lead in negotiations with Iran. This is a secret agreement. We haven’t seen it,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, complained in comments to the House of Representatives. Washington Free Beacon.

Adding to the concern are ongoing tensions with Russia amid fears of another Russian invasion of Ukraine. Due to the standoff, President Biden is considering sending US troops to bolster allies in the Balkans, and is threatening to impose massive economic sanctions on Russia.

Rep. Mike Gallagher, a former Marine Corps intelligence officer who is a member of the Armed Services Committee, called reports that the government is “working with the Russians” on the issue “doubly troubling.”

First, they create a conflict of interest with Russia because we are trying to prevent an invasion of Ukraine. Second, lifting preventive sanctions and failing to send an interim agreement to Congress would violate the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. The government must end their simultaneous surrender to Russia and Iran before it is too late,” he told the publication.

“This is a secret deal.  We haven't seen it,

“This is a secret deal.  We haven't seen it,

“This is a secret deal. We haven’t seen it,” said R-Texas Representative Michael McCaul.

State Secretary Antony Blinken (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shake hands before their meeting on January 21, 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland.  Blinken said there was a closing window to revive the deal

State Secretary Antony Blinken (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shake hands before their meeting on January 21, 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland.  Blinken said there was a closing window to revive the deal

State Secretary Antony Blinken (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shake hands before their meeting on January 21, 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland. Blinken said there was a closing window to revive the deal

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi delivers a speech at a session of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2022

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi delivers a speech at a session of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2022

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi delivers a speech at a session of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2022

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (R) meets Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) in Moscow, Russia on January 19, 2022

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (R) meets Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) in Moscow, Russia on January 19, 2022

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (R) meets Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) in Moscow, Russia on January 19, 2022

The board has distanced itself from the proposal.

a senior Biden administration told NBC that an interim settlement is not being seriously discussed.

“While we cannot speak about any discussions that have taken place between Russia and Iran, we are confident at this stage that such an interim settlement is not seriously discussed,” the official said. “As for an interim deal, we will not negotiate in the press or comment on specific claims about the negotiations. Our timeline is based on a technical assessment of Iran’s nuclear progress rather than a temporary clock.”

A draft Russia has submitted would see Tehran stop enriching uranium to 60 percent purity and get rid of its stockpile, while freeing up billions in revenue from frozen oil.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Iran Nuclear Deal Review Act, signed by President Obama in 2015 amid congressional concerns over the deal, requires the government to provide Congress with a final deal for review.

Iran is currently refusing to hold direct talks with US negotiators.

The report on the Russian proposal comes after Foreign Minister Antony Blinken met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva amid tensions in Ukraine and warned there was a closing window for Iran.

“Talks with Iran on a mutual return to JCPOA compliance have reached a decisive moment,” Blinken said, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“If a deal is not reached in the coming weeks, Iran’s continued nuclear advances will make it impossible to return to the JCPOA. But at the moment there is still a short, short time to bring those talks to a successful conclusion and to allay the remaining concerns of all parties,” Blinken said.

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