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As deadline looms, Trump may punt fate of Iran deal to Congress

07 September 2017

After all, President Obama went to the Security Council to adopt the Iran deal formally, and purportedly bind the United States in worldwide law, before he took the deal to Congress.

That law, written by Democratic Sen.

Haley described the JCPOA as a "very flawed and very limited agreement" that was "designed to be too big to fail".

Moreover, the JCPOA continues to give Iran far more than it does the United States and its allies, since it granted - for the first time - an Iranian right to enrich uranium, and legitimized a regime that had correctly been an worldwide pariah.

Tehran recently dismissed murmurings from the United States about possible nuclear inspections, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saying that such investigations are not necessary under the terms of the accord.

Critically, included in this supposed "non-nuclear" activity is the IRGC's ongoing development of ballistic missile technology. There is no correspondence between reality and Haley's assertion that the agreement was a great deal for Iran but "what we get from the deal is much less clear". "The Iranian nuclear deal was created to be too big to fail".

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Haley also acknowledged that USA allies in Europe are trying to push Washington to stay in the deal, but added, "This is about U.S. national security". And we must consider the day when the terms of the JCPOA sunset. If Haley's carefully constructed (and as Daniel Larison points out, sometimes fanciful) brief against the Iranians-beginning with the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the activities of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG), its proxies in the form of Hezbollah and their all of their "tentacles" in every conflict in the world-is any indication, Trump is beginning the wind-up now. "The result is that for advocates of the deal, everything in our relationship with the Iranian regime must now be subordinated to the preservation of the agreement".

"If the president chooses not to certify Iranian compliance, that does not mean the United States is withdrawing from the JCPOA", Haley told the American Enterprise Institute think tank in Washington, Reuters reported.

Haley's remarks appeared to draw a quick response from the French ambassador to the US, Gerard Araud, who tweeted a rebuke at the Trump administration's apparent attempt to move the goalposts on the Iran deal.

Evidently no demands on the time of the US ambassador in NY, from the issue of North Korea (which has real, not imagined, nuclear weapons) to the war in Syria were too important to keep her from giving a speech at the American Enterprise Institute that represented the administration's most concerted and contrived public effort so far to lay groundwork for withdrawing from the JCPOA. But the pushing for more inspections on additional military sites, suggesting the Iranians are hiding something. She argued both United Nations resolutions and USA law should be considered as well.

The landmark nuclear accord, agreed under the presidency of Barack Obama in 2015, saw global sanctions eased in exchange for stringent controls on Iran's nuclear programme and closer IAEA inspections. "In short, we must consider the whole picture, not simply whether Iran has exceeded the JCPOA's limit on uranium enrichment". "So far, Iran is abiding by the commitments taken in this mutually agreed framework", the French ambassador to Washington, Gerard Araud, said in tweet soon after Haley's speech. That penalty is the reimposition of sanctions. Under pressure from both sides, the administration has been exploring possible halfway options, such as declaring Iran in violation but leaving its relief from nuclear sanctions in place at least temporarily. "Think about that. There is an absurdly circular logic to enforcement of this deal".

As deadline looms, Trump may punt fate of Iran deal to Congress