State Department confirms Obama’s Iran deal optional

The Obama administration’s State Department has confirmed that the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry on instructions from President Obama is a “political” commitment only.


And commentators quickly pointed out that means a future president “could repudiate it any time, without violating either domestic or international law.”


And they note, so, too, could Iran.


The confirmation of the legal status of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal with Iran and the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union, comes from Julie Frifield, an assistant secretary for legislative affairs in the State Department.


Her letter was responding to questions from Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and said the deal “reflects political commitments” between Iran and the other countries.


It “is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” she explained. “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.”


The deal largely has been rejected by the American people. WND reported when it came under fire from 200 or so retired U.S. generals and admirals.


And a recent poll showed nearly half of the American people hate Obama’s moves in the situation.


Pew Research Center for U.S. Politics & Policy found, in a recent poll, only 21 percent actually approve of it.


The level of U.S. approval for the pact has plummeted from mid-July, when 33 percent of Americans said they were on board with it.


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