July 16, 2015
- Washington Turns to UN to Make Nuclear Deal Legally Binding on Next President – Colum Lynch and John Hudson
The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, on Mondaycirculated a legally binding draft to the UN Security Council that, if adopted, would give the body’s backing to the Iran nuclear pact. If a resolution is approved by the Security Council, any president, Democratic or Republican, would be legally bound to enforce its terms.
Moreover, the U.S. has not included the decision to lift an embargo on conventional weaponry in five years and ease restrictions on the development and import of ballistic missile technology in eight years in the nuclear accord that will be reviewed by Congress. Instead, those provisions are embedded in the new UN Security Council resolution, which congressional critics of the deal will have no power to block. (Foreign Policy)