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Haley Blasts Biden’s Policy on Iranian Sanctions

Haley Blasts Biden’s Policy on Iranian Sanctions

Sunday, 9 January, 2022 - 10:45
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley attends a media briefing during the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2018, in New York City. (AFP)

Former US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, slammed President Joe Biden for ignoring congressional calls to reveal the results of sanctions relief against Iran.

In an interview with the Republican newspaper The Washington Times, Haley accused Biden of concealing the complete picture of US sanctions relief as he attempts to reengage Iran in nuclear talks.

“It is irresponsible and downright dangerous for President Biden to go against Congress to get back into the Iran Deal,” she said.

“The American people have every right to know if we are funneling money into the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. We deserve answers, and Congress must hold Biden accountable.”

Biden signed the $762.8 billion budget bill amid his pushback to the reporting requirement while signing the National Defense Authorization Act into law in late December.

Biden refused to fully comply with new disclosure mandates in this year’s annual defense authorization bill.

It required the director of National Intelligence to provide to Congress an assessment of the “impacts that the imposition or revocation of unilateral US economic sanctions” have on Iranian-backed militias and other entities that pose a threat to Washington interests in the Middle East and beyond.

The president said it would force the administration to reveal “highly sensitive classified information, including information that could reveal critical intelligence sources or military operational plans.”

Biden told Congress members that they would get whatever he decided to give them.

Republicans urge the Biden administration to be transparent in its ongoing negotiations with Iran.

Republican Sen. Roger Marshall and Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas introduced a measure seeking transparency in White House negotiations with Iran.

Since taking office, Biden has been attempting to revive nuclear talks modeled after the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for slowing their nuclear program.

The lawmakers say the sanctions relief, which has come back on the table, directly benefits Iranian-backed militants who directly threaten US interests.

Under the reporting requirement, the White House would be forced to publicly come clean about it while negotiating sanctions.

During her tenure as an ambassador to the UN, Haley was highly critical of the deal reached by the Obama administration. She said Iran continued to skirt requirements to curtail its weapons programs despite its agreements with the US and other nations.

In 2017, Haley hosted Congress and UN officials in Washington to show firsthand evidence of Iranian weapons violations.

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