JERUSALEM, Israel – After months of negotiations, the Iranian nuclear deal remains on hold apparently over one key sticking point. The US and Iran are at a deadlock over removing Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list.
“The IRGC has American blood on its hands and there’s no good reason for the United States to even consider lifting this FTO designation,” said Middle East Expert Ellie Cohanim.
“You’re hearing from many both Democrat and Republican members of Congress who have voiced to the Biden Administration that there is no good reason to lift that FTO designation,” said Cohanim.
Even if that stipulation remains and the deal is signed, concern is growing that it will pave the way for nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.
“The Saudis already have agreements with the Pakistanis. They funded the Pakistani nuclear project and they are ready to procure a nuclear weapon. The moment this agreement is signed and they understand that Iran is moving towards nuclear capabilities...what we will see is [the] proliferation of nuclear capabilities all over the Middle East,” said Amir Avivi of Israel’s Defense and Security Forum
Avivi also told CBN News the agreement would have global implications.