Chief Iranian negotiator and Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif. (AP/Ronald Zak) (AP/Ronald Zak)
Mohamad Javad Zarif

Apparently, Obama is relying on a shaky, verbal agreement with the Islamic Republic, one of the world’s most oppressive and terror-supporting regimes in the world.

Rep. Mike Pompeo

Rep. Mike Pompeo. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

The nuclear deal signed between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 Powers in July is not legally binding and Iran did not even sign it, as President Barack Obama did not require them to so, a State Department official conceded in a letter to Congressman Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.), the National Review reported Tuesday.

“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter that was obtained by the National Review.

Frifield wrote the letter in response to a letter Pompeo sent Secretary of State John Kerry, in which he observed that the deal the president had submitted to Congress was unsigned and wondered if the administration had given lawmakers the final agreement.

“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 asserted in the letter.

In fact, sanctions would be extremely difficult to re-impose and the international community would not rally behind them, as they have already begun to crumble.

Characterizing the JCPOA as a set of “political commitments” rather than a more formal agreement is sure to heighten congressional concerns that Iran might violate the deal’s terms, the Review points out.

Pompeo wrote in his September letter that signatures on the nuclear deal ae “not a mere formality.”

“Those signatures represent the commitment of the signatory and the country on whose behalf he or she is signing. A signature also serves to make clear precisely who the parties to the agreement are and the authority under which that nation entered into the agreement. In short, just as with any legal instrument, signing matters,” he explained.

Iran Has its Own Version of the Deal

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. (AP/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei endorsed the nuclear deal in October, and Iran’s parliament also ratified the accord, but Iran’s endorsement was phony and what the Islamic Republic ratified was, in fact, an accord they tailored according to their own needs and requirements, and not the original document agreed upon with the P5+1 Powers.

Khamenei, who has the final word on all state affairs, published a letter delineating the guidelines under which the agreement was to be executed.

The set of nine conditions laid out by Khamenei creates a situation in which not only does the Iranian side refrain from approving the JCPOA, but, with nearly every point, creates a separate obstacle, such that executing the agreement is not possible, rendering it null and void.

By: United with Israel Staff

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