Part II: Iran Responds to GOP Letter


The United States Insititute of Peace has the article Part II: Iran Responds to GOP Letter.

Foreign Minister Zarif added that “I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law. The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfil the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligations.”

Thanks to Nancy Weinberg for posting this on Facebook.

The Iran Primer Blog has all the pieces to this series nicely arranged on their web site. In case this presentation gets altered, I will give you links to the various pieces that exist as of the writing of my post.

Part I: GOP Letter on Iran

Part II: Iran Responds to GOP Letter

Part III: White House and Democrats Respond to GOP Letter

Vice President Joe Biden

Around the world, America’s influence depends on its ability to honor its commitments. Some of these are made in international agreements approved by Congress. However, as the authors of this letter must know, the vast majority of our international commitments take effect without Congressional approval. And that will be the case should the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany reach an understanding with Iran.

Well, at least the America public is getting lessons in our government. Perhaps some Senators might learn a lesson or two. Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif seems to be much more knowledgeable about our Constitution and International Law than our Republicans. Is America embarrassed at all about the nincompoops we elect?

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