|“Boy I sure snookered that Obama”|
Get this—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has learned from Barack Obama. He doesn’t want the Iranian parliament to vote on the P5+1 deal because he doesn’t believe it’s a treaty requiring a parliamentary vote. Unlike Obama who wants the rules skirted because he doesn’t think the deal would pass as a treaty, Rouhani is afraid the deal WILL pass. If the parliament approves the deal then the government will have to follow the terms of the treaty.
Per the Associated Press:
Rouhani told a news conference that the deal was a political understanding reached with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, not a pact requiring parliamentary approval. The deal also says Iran would implement the terms voluntarily, he said.
The historic deal calls for limiting Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.
“If the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is sent to (and passed by) parliament, it will create an obligation for the government . it will mean the president, who has not signed it so far, will have to sign it,” Rouhani said. “Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?”
A special committee of parliament has already begun studying the deal before putting it to a vote. But the legality of such a move is in doubt because the government has not prepared a bill for parliament to vote on.
The president said a parliamentary vote would benefit the U.S. and its allies, not Iran.
Rouhani said the Supreme National Security Council, the country’s highest security decision-making body, was almost finished analyzing the agreement. The council works independently from the parliament.
According to Reuters, Rouhani also said the deal would not stop their weapons procurement:
“With regards to our defensive capability, we did not and will not accept any limitations,” Rouhani said at a press conference carried on live television.
“We will do whatever we need to do to defend our country, whether with missiles or other methods.”
Last week, Iran unveiled a new surface-to-surface missile it said could strike targets with pinpoint accuracy within a range of 500 km (310 miles), a move likely to worry Tehran’s regional rivals.
This is the same Iran that Obama and at least 31 Democratic Party senators trust to do their own nuclear inspections in the Parchin Military base.