Iran, the country that signed an insanely one-sided agreement in its favor with President Obama, and then told him/us that we didn’t understand the agreement and it wasn’t what we thought (yes, that really happened), is very unhappy with the United States Senate.
Really. They are.
Excerpted from Parisa Hafezi’s article at reuters.com:
The U.S. Senate’s decision to impose new sanctions on Iran is an “unquestionable” violation of a nuclear deal reached in 2015 between Tehran and six major powers including the United States, Iranian media quoted a senior Iranian official as saying.
The Senate approved on Thursday the sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and other activities not related to the international nuclear agreement.
“The U.S. Senate’s move is unquestionably in breach of both the spirit and the letter of the nuclear deal,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was reported by media as saying on Friday.
“The Iranian committee tasked with monitoring the accord will certainly examine the congressional move and come up with a decent response.”
My reaction? Boo hoo.
Iran is the world’s leading fomenter/supporter of terrorism, and has made it clear the “agreement” is whatever Iran says it is. That’s not an agreement, it’s a sucker-deal, made by two naive, incompetent negotiators named Obama and Kerry.
If this legislation – which was passed in the Senate by a 98 – 2 vote and is certain to be passed by the House, then signed by President Trump – signals to Iran that the free ride is over, that’s fine with me.
And what is Iran going to do about it that it isn’t doing already? Anyone who thinks Iran is holding to the nuclear part of this agreement – in the absence of full inspection by us (another of the monumental mistakes by Obama/Kerry) – lives in a dream world.
Now that the United States Senate has made it clear that we might actually DO something about it, maybe the Mullahs who run that show will think twice before continuing.
I doubt it, but at least I can hope.