Nuclear War

Wasted Leverage and Reckless Delusions

Wasted Leverage and Reckless Delusions

By Steve Astrachan

Prior to the scheduled vote in Congress on the Iran Nuclear Agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), I contacted my representative and asked him to vote against the measure. Unfortunately, when it came before Congress, members were denied the opportunity to express an opinion. Senate Democrats had garnered enough support to block a procedural vote against the JCPA with a filibuster, which ended all discussion.

In my view, some of the major problems with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) include:

(1) Iran is a member of the Joint Commission that oversees the compliance regimen. Thus, the Iranian regime can have an influence on the evaluation of its own compliance with the JCPOA. (Preamble and General Provisions, IX)

(2) Under the JCPOA Iran can make a complaint of non-compliance on other’s part and use that allegation as a basis to cease its own commitments under the JCPOA. (Dispute Resolution Mechanism, 36)

(3) The process for inspection of undeclared sites is too long. Although much discussion has centered on the 24-day notice period, that period itself begins only after a drawn out process of communication. Such provisions allow Iran more than adequate time to clean up any undeclared site that comes under suspicion. “Anywhere, anytime” inspections are a minimal and vital necessity to any process for controlling the Iranian strategic nuclear program. (Q. Access, 75, 76, 77, and 78)