Iran is on the pathway to fully restarting its contested nuclear weapons program due to insufficient international inspections of its military sites and caveats in the landmark nuclear deal that permit it to reengage in nuclear enrichment work within the next several years, according to experts who testified Wednesday before Congress.
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce lauded the Trump administration Monday for blacklisting scores of Syrian government employees in response to President Bashar al Assad’s deadly chemical attack against civilians earlier this month.
A senior House Republican urged President Obama on Tuesday to “immediately halt” the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees, citing a new intelligence report that found recently released prisoners were returning to terrorism.
The U.S. approved the release of 15 detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military prison to the United Arab Emirates on Monday evening, marking the single largest transfer under the Obama administration.
The State Department said Friday that it would not revive a probe to discover who was responsible for ordering that portions of press footage be deleted from the agency’s public video archives.
President Obama has only issued sanctions against a few Iranian officials and entities for human rights abuses since the start of nuclear talks with Tehran, despite his assurances that he would continue to apply pressure, according to the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Ed Royce (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, denounced the Iranian deal after it was announced Tuesday, saying it will not help to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Iran has emerged as a leading cyber threat and has already hacked into the U.S. defense establishment and financial institutions, likely with the help of the Russians, according to a former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.