After President Obama spent months on an aggressive sales job for his Iranian nuke deal that many consider disastrous, Americans were led to believe that it was signed, sealed and delivered. But now the Department of State has just said something that might turn Obama’s triumphant smile into a pouty scowl.
Despite the president’s claim that he won the day and got his agreement with Tehran, the State Department is saying that the dangerous deal was never signed by Iran and is now not even legally binding!
According to The Daily Mail, “The State Department made the disclosures in a letter to Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, a Republican, who had written the department to inquire why the agreement as submitted to Congress in July did not bear the signature of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.”
Further, the State spokesperson reiterated that the agreement isn’t a treaty.
In a letter to the congressman, Julia Frifield, an assistant secretary for legislative affairs, said, “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement.” This, of course, begs the question: What exactly is that pact with the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East?
The National Review reported that Frifield insisted that Obama’s agreement is just a series of “political agreements” and not a treaty with the force of law.
“The success of the JCPOA will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures we have put in place, as well as Iran’s understanding that we have the capacity to re-impose–and ramp up–our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments,” Frifield wrote.
But it may be moot, anyway. After all, Iranian President Rouhani seems to have persuaded his government not to sign the treaty either, so it is not in force for them. “Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?” Rouhani reportedly said.
The nuclear agreement that is supposed to prevent Iran from acquiring the bomb and is set to take effect in January is thus far a dead letter unless both sides get around to signing it and making ir, more or less, “official.”.
Pompeo has noted that this deal is a disaster for the U.S. In a letter he posted to his website in September, Rep. Pompeo, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, slammed Obama’s deal that so many have criticized as being a path to the bomb for Iran.