As the negotiators headed home to their various countries, we all got a glimpse of how the framework looks. In Iran, the returning negotiators were met with jubilation and demonstrations in the streets welcoming the negotiators as heroes. Both the religious leaders and the political leaders claimed a major victory over the “Great Satin.” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed they got everything they wanted in the outline. They considered it a major defeat for the inferior Americans.
Secretary of State John Kerry, the lead negotiator for our side, said there was still work to be done but this was the best deal we could get under the circumstances. The Administration said the final agreement due to be completed by June will clarify any conflicts in rhetoric between the two sides.
Iran claims the agreement allows them to continue their nuclear program, but at a slower pace then they are currently developing. The important thing is we will allow them to continue their development.
Iran says sanctions will be lifted immediately. This has been crippling the Iranian economy. The nation has continued their nuclear program and let the civilians suffer all the hardships. What revenues they did receive went to the nuclear program.
As oil sales return to normal, Iran will use a large part of the new revenue to fund their activities in the region. Iran is becoming a major power in the Middle East as the United States withdrawals.
Kerry has said the sanctions will be lifted gradually, not all at once at the beginning of the deal. Kerry also said that Iran will be inspected for nuclear violations. The deal, as currently structured, will have inspections by “appointment only,” so we can only inspect what and when Iran decides it will allow us. This treaty, if Iran abides by the terms, will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon for ten years, after the treaty expires and President Obama is long out of office.
The Obama Administration will submit the final documents to the United Nations for approval. This will bypass any attempt by Congress to amend or reject what Obama and Company have agreed to. Congress is working on legislation to force the Administration to submit the treaty to Congress for ratification as required by the Constitution. The President has promised to veto any such legislation.
Sanctions passed by Congress must be lifted by Congress under our Constitution. The current Administration will be challenged in the courts if they think the President can abolish legislation passed by Congress and signed by a former President by issuing an Executive Order. Another challenge in the courts will come if the President thinks that United Nations actions can take president over our Constitution. After all, the President took an oath the protect and defend the Constitution, not the United Nations.
Israel has promised its citizens it will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. In the early days of the negotiations, Israel was kept informed on the talks and what progress was being made. That is no longer the case. Once the U.S. decided to allow Iran to continue to enrich fuel to weapon grade, and Israel objected publicly, they have stopped receiving information. Israel knows that one missile fired from Iran could destroy their country in minutes. Obama, who has shown open disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israel in general, does not seem concerned about Israel’s survival. President Obama blocked Israel’s plan to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities several years ago by publicly releasing Israel’s plans and denying Israel air space clearance to launch the attack. Any future action by Israel will be without American knowledge or approval.