Nuclear Bargains and State Department Backlogs

(Forbes) Claudia Rosett - Should a final deal emerge from the Iran nuclear talks, Congress will expect reports from the President every six months on whether Iran is in compliance, as required under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, signed into law last month by President Obama. The President would have to inform Congress if Iran cheats. But would it really work that way? The President is already required under various laws to submit reports to Congress on human rights, terrorism and the proliferation traffic of Iran, North Korea and Syria. There are specific deadlines for all these reports, but the administration has been missing these deadlines, in some cases by staggering margins. The State Department was more than three years out of date in the reports it submitted to Congress under the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act. This bodes poorly for the enforcement of any nuclear deal with Iran. The writer is journalist-in-residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2015-06-29 00:00:00

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