Saturday, May 12, 2018

State Department confirms it 'reflects political commitment'

That Iran deal? The one that Democrats and Europeans claimed the United States had to honor or the nation would lose its reputation?

The one that President Trump essentially tossed into the waste this week?

Never signed.

Never a treaty.

Never even an “executive agreement.”

The details were dug out by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, and Friday he discussed them on his program.

Online, he posted an image of a State Department letter to Mike Pompeo, now secretary of State but a member of the House of Representatives back in 2015.

“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document. The JCPOA reflects political commitments between Iran, the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China), and the European Union. As you know, the United States has a long-standing practice of addressing sensitive problems in negotiations that culminate in political commitments.”