Earlier this week, Senator Tom Cotton (R) penned a letter to Iran, specifically their government, telling them essentially any “deal” goes through them. “If You Only News'” own Valerie Beaumont did a great insightful piece on it that you can read here.
The Congress, led by John Boehner, by many estimates, is in violation of the Logan Act, if not being downright treasonous with recent acts defying the White House and attempting to usurp the negotiations ongoing by Secretary of State Kerry over Iran’s nuclear program.
Well, it appears not only good, patriotic Americans are taking notice of the Congress’s dubious letter; Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif issued a formal response to Cotton’s ill-conceived letter. Whereas he didn’t call the Senator’s act treasonous in specific language, he did have quite a bit to say and a lot of knowledge was dropped on the GOP Senators. Dr. Zarif expressed his surprise that these congressional members would so blatantly ignore the Constitution and the President. Here are some of his remarks, which, constitutionally speaking, are spot on and echo many here in the U.S.:
In our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy. It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history. This indicates that like Netanyahu, who considers peace as an existential threat, some are opposed to any agreement, regardless of its content.
I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law. The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfill the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligations.
[C]hange of administration does not in any way relieve the next administration from international obligations undertaken by its predecessor in a possible agreement about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with ‘the stroke of a pen,’ as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law.
…may enrich the knowledge of the authors to recognize that according to international law, Congress may not ‘modify the terms of the agreement at any time’ as they claim, and if Congress adopts any measure to impede its implementation, it will have committed a material breach of US obligations.
And he’s right!
Before his “mic-drop,” the FM then reminded the Senators that other agreements the U.S. has with foreign governments have been done as executive actions, and changing that would kill any credibility the U.S. had. He also reminded the FM that Iran was attempting to negotiate in good faith, and that meant negotiating only with the authority in charge of such things, according to our laws, the President of the United States.
It’s a sad and unfortunate day when Iran’s politicians have to teach our GOP Senators about our laws.