Visiting US Republican senator deems Iran deal not legally binding, can be overturned

Even if the US Congress does not muster enough votes to shoot down the Iran nuclear deal, it is not a legally binding obligation and the next president could “easily unwind” it, visiting US Senator Tom Cotton said Tuesday.

Cotton, a freshman Republican senator from Arkansas, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that unless the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action, is submitted to Congress as a treaty and ratified by two-thirds of both chambers, “it could be modified by the next US president, or this or any other Congress.”

It is a point that Cotton spelled out in an open letter to the Iranian leadership he initiated earlier this year, and was signed by 46 other Republican senators. That letter triggered a great deal of controversy, with Cotton accused by some of trying to usurp the foreign policy privileges reserved for the president.


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