July 16, 2015
Having secured an agreement with Tehran, the Obama administration is now making a “mad dash” to the UN to convince the Security Council to remove its sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The purpose? To paper over the deal’s deficiencies and make an end-run around Congress, as Anne Bayefsky explains:
[T]he agreement the administration just made with Iran violates the existing Security Council resolutions. [But] the administration hopes to subordinate U.S. lawmakers to the lawmakers at the UN.
The direct inconsistency between the agreement and the UN laws is clear. The sanctions resolutions say Iran must suspend “all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities.” [But] the agreement gives Iran a right to enrich. . . . Hence, the agreement cannot come into effect without rescinding the current [UN] obligations imposed on Iran.
[In addition], the Security Council resolution [proposed by the U.S.] is to be adopted under the UN charter section demanding UN members “agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council.” If Congress balks, Obama’s threat goes, it will bring the U.S into violation of its legal duties.
After failing to hold Iran to its legal duties by revoking them, the president will create new ones with which to blackmail the representatives of the American people.