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Biden Administration Offers to Lift Iranian Nuclear Sanctions and Remove Islamic Revolutionary Guard from Terrorist List

The nuclear deal and sanctions on Iran have all been a point of concern by officials in the United States and abroad as they become critical

The Biden administration has offered to remove the feared Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from terror lists and lift many of Iran’s nuclear sanctions as part of a new nuclear deal.

The controversial concessions are being offered by Rob Malley, the State Department’s special envoy to Iran.

In 2019, the Trump administration declared the IRGC a terrorist organization, accusing it of providing billions of dollars in funding, training, and equipment to other terrorist groups.

That declaration may be reversed under the current administration if negotiations move forward.

Details of the change emerged in a prolonged Twitter thread published by former State Department appointee Gabriel Noronha. Noronha said he had been authorized to disclose discussions by concerned former colleagues.

“This is a long and technical thread, but here’s what you should know: the deal being negotiated in Vienna is dangerous to our national security, it is illegal, it is illegitimate, and it in no way serves U.S. interests in either the short or long term,” his post on Twitter reads.

“Here’s why: Led by Rob Malley, the U.S. has promised to lift sanctions on some of the regime’s worst terrorists and torturers, leading officials in the regime’s WMD infrastructure, and is currently trying to lift sanctions on the IRGC itself.”

In the Twitter thread, Noronha revealed that Malley had been working to remove sanctions on the IRGC.

Malley has received pushback from other officials in the Biden administration, demanding hearings about the negotiations. However, Noronha said it had not deterred Malley’s efforts.  

“Malley has proposed to the Iranians that the U.S. will remove the IRGC from the Foreign Terrorist Organization list & sanctions if the Iranians simply promise to talk to the United States in new negotiations about their ‘regional activity’ (aka terrorism),” he wrote on Twitter. 

Noronha went on to say that the actions of Malley have been met with frustration and concern.

A member of Malley’s team, Richard Nephew, the Deputy Special Envoy for the State Department’s negotiations with Iran, resigned after urging the administration to adopt a more rigid position in January.  

Amidst the conflict in Ukraine, some international leaders worry that the Biden administration could agree to weaker terms in Iran.

The proposed terms from Malley would likely limit Iran’s nuclear program in return for a lifting of sanctions

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