Thursday, December 15, 2016


White House statement --

This Administration has made clear that an extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, while unnecessary, is entirely consistent with our commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Consistent with this longstanding position, the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act is becoming law without the President's signature. Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, which was in place at the time the JCPOA was negotiated and remains so today, does not affect in any way our ability to fulfil our commitments in the JCPOA. The Administration has, and continues to use, all of the necessary authorities to waive the relevant sanctions, to enforce those that are outside the scope of the JCPOA, and to reimpose sanctions if necessary in the event that Iran should fail to perform its commitments under the JCPOA.

To understand the signals being sent to Iran by the above, the Iranian government is supposed to interpret the difference between the President not signing a bill when Congress is in session versus when it is not in session, and further between the sanctions that apply based its nuclear ambitions versus the sanctions that apply to its other activities in the Middle East.

And it's that choreography of the President's signature up against the flattening of Aleppo!

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