Iran Nuclear Deal Is Not ‘Legally Binding,’ Obama Administration Admits

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The nuclear deal agreed upon in July by the P5+1 world powers (US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China) and the Islamic Republic of Iran has no “legally binding” basis. The deal, paraded by President Obama as a surefire measure to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, is held together simply as a “political commitment” by the parties to the accord, the State Department admitted in a recent letter.

That letter, which was dated November 19th and sent to the office of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), stated: “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement and is not a signed document,” according to Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs.

“The JCPOA reflects political commitments between Iran, the P5+1, and the European Union. As you know, the United States has a long-standing practice of addressing sensitive problems in negotiations that culminate in political commitments,” the letter added.

Breitbart News has reported for some time that the deal has no legal framework to stand on, because it was never submitted to the Senate as a treaty.

And almost four months after the nuclear deal was agreed upon, the State Department has finally accepted the deal’s non-legal platform.

“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 added in her letter to Pompeo.

“The Administration is fully committed to providing information to ensure full transparency as we implement the JCPOA,” the letter concluded.

Breitbart News has also reported that the JCPOA that was passed in Iran’s parliament is substantially different from the text agreed upon at the commencement of negotiations. The deal that Iranian lawmakers signed onto stripped the U.S.’s ability to impose “snapback” sanctions, in addition to many more unilateral amendments.