Iran's Busher nuclear reactor built by Russia

Biden Lets Sanctions Waiver For Iran-Russia Nuclear Cooperation Expire

Saturday, 04/13/2024

The Biden administration has decided to let sanctions waivers for Iran-Russia nuclear cooperation expire. This has allowed the two countries to carry on with their joint nuclear activities.

However, the administration has not yet determined whether they will enforce the sanctions, leaving some uncertainty surrounding US policy, as reported by The Washington Free Beacon.

According to the report, Iran and Russia are progressing with Tehran's planned expansion of its nuclear reactors. The waivers, last renewed in August 2023, expired at the start of 2024.

These would enable Russian-state-controlled organizations to generate more than $10 billion in revenue, with a focus on the Rosatom energy company involved in various nuclear ventures in Iran.

A spokesperson from the State Department mentioned an ongoing assessment process without offering a clear reason for the lapse. The uncertainty has led to queries being raised in Congress, particularly as Iran is preparing to make significant investments.

Republican legislators have continuously pushed the Biden administration to end the waivers and enforce penalties to stop such cooperation. Iran and Russia have been working to increase Tehran's nuclear capabilities. Iran's declaration of intentions to upgrade its Russian-made Bushehr nuclear plant and build other nuclear reactors highlights the need for action from the US, as The Free Beacon reported.

These plans have gained more significance by Iran's uranium enrichment efforts, leading to more concerns. Initially, the Obama administration granted waivers under the 2015 JCPOA nuclear pact, which were subsequently revoked by the Trump administration. However, President Joe Biden restored them as part of diplomatic endeavors to bring back the agreement.

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