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Critics call for Biden to ‘immediately end’ Iran nuclear talks following attempted murder of Salman Rushdie

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The attempted murder of author Salman Rushdie prompted social media users, including several members of Congress, to voice criticism of the Biden administration’s pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran in light of the country’s past support of a fatwa against Rushdie’s life.

“Iran has offered a bounty to anyone who assassinates Salman Rushdie,” Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted on Friday. “Today he was stabbed in America. Why is Biden still negotiating a ‘deal’ with these terrorists in Tehran?”

Rushdie was allegedly stabbed multiple times by 24-year-old Hadi Matar before a speech in Chautauqua, New York on Friday in an attack that severely injured the 75-year-old author leaving him unable to speak and likely to lose an eye.

The attack comes more than 30 years after Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for his death in response to Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” causing Rushdie to require round the clock security at various points in his life.

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Several others joined Rubio in calling out the Biden administration in the aftermath of the attack for working with the Iranian government on a nuclear deal.

“Iran’s leaders have…

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