Republicans Drop Suit against Obama over Iran Deal: Report
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – US Republican lawmakers have abandoned their plan to sue the Obama administration over last year’s nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, a report said.
“I don’t know that (a lawsuit is) on the immediate horizon,” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), The Hill reported on Saturday.
Four months ago, GOP lawmakers were holding their breath over the prospect of dragging a key pillar of Obama’s legacy through the courtroom.
Litigation is “an option that is very possible,” former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in September.
“We will use every tool at our disposal to stop, slow and delay this agreement from being fully implemented,” he pledged.
The Republicans’ decision not to go along with their plan to sue the Obama administration came on the eve of the deal’s implementation.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini are scheduled to meet in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday and will likely announce the implementation of the nuclear deal finalized back in July 2015.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany - also known as E3+3 and P5+1) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion on a 159-page nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that would terminate all sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear energy program after coming into force.
Afterwards, the 15-memebr United Nations Security Council passed a resolution that endorsed the JCPOA.
According to the UNSC Resolution 2231, all previous UNSC sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program will be terminated when the JCPOA takes effect.