Okay, we get that it isn’t a treaty; we understand that Iran gets to self-monitor their nuclear program and we even understand that lifting the sanctions allows Iran to continue funding terrorism, but what I don’t understand is why this isn’t a legally binding agreement?
“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” explained Julia Frifield of the State Department in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS).
“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.”
This might have passed unnoticed, but Rep. Pompeo realized that there were no signatures on the deal that he was reviewing. He asked the State Department if they had been given a preliminary copy and got the linked response, instead.
What exactly do we get out of this deal? Iran gets $150 billion, sanctions lifted and a free pass into the nuclear club in 15 years – at the latest – and we get?
Actually, we get nothing. Pressure for lifting Iranian sanctions has been growing among our European allies for years and the P5+1 group’s agreement allows France, Germany and England, as well as Russia and China, to open up the Iranian market. The Iranian government still has a deep mistrust and loathing of the United States and trade agreements will go to the other members of P5+1 before us.
Iran won’t stop supporting terrorist groups in the Middle East and with the lifting of sanctions, we are giving them $150 billion. Even our Secretary of State doesn’t think all of that money will go to rebuilding Iran’s infrastructure.
This bad deal is not a treaty. It’s not even an agreement. At its deepest level, it is wishful thinking on the part of this administration that Iran will play nice and not develop nukes until the “understanding” has run its course.
Unfortunately, it will increase the chaos that currently engulfs the Middle East.
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