Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, along with members of the Republican Study Committee, has introduced a bill with the clear intention of limiting President Biden’s dangerous actions in lifting sanctions imposed on Iran. The sanctions were imposed due to Iran’s failure to comply with its international commitments regarding the development of its nuclear production.
Pompeo returns to Capitol Hill this Wednesday to join members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) in introducing legislation called the “Maximum Pressure Act.” It aims to resume the Trump administration’s maximum pressure sanctions campaign against Iran, seeking to limit Iran’s dangerous nuclear development in recent months.
The news comes after news broke last Friday that Iran began enriching uranium to 60%, the highest level of purity it has declared, bringing the Iranian government closer to achieving the levels required to produce nuclear weapons.
Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, the speaker of Iran’s parliament and a possible candidate for the nation’s president in the upcoming June elections, announced the higher uranium enrichment on Twitter.
“Young and God-believing Iranian scientists achieved a 60% enriched uranium product,” Qalibaf said. “I congratulate the brave nation of Islamic Iran for this success. The willpower of the Iranian nation is miraculous and can defuse any conspiracy.”
Pompeo, one of the Trump administration’s top diplomats, is even seen as a possible presidential candidate for 2024. The Iran sanctions campaign imposed during the Trump years is seen as a crucial part of his legacy in office.
The new legislation, introduced by Rep. Jim Banks, joined by Pompeo and other Republican lawmakers, comes as the Biden administration engages in discussions in Vienna with signatories to an Obama-era nuclear deal. That deal was named The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). President Trump withdrew from it in 2018 after warning that Iran’s nuclear buildup was being disproportionately favored.
President Biden said he intends to rejoin the JCPOA, although Iranian officials have not agreed to contact U.S. representatives in Vienna.
The legislation introduced today seeks to regulate Iran’s nuclear capabilities, requiring a Senate-ratified treaty to implement a new agreement.
“To deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon and intercontinental ballistic missiles capability, including by permanently, verifiably and irreversibly eliminating its capabilities related to enrichment,” reads as part of the objectives of the legislation.
He goes on to say: “To require that any new agreement with Iran should be submitted to the Senate for ratification as a treaty. To impose maximum economic pressure on Iran, and keep all sanctions in place on Iran, until the regime fulfills the following demands laid out by former Secretary of State Pompeo on May 21, 2018.”