It’s happened — a vote in the United Nations Security Council that’s sure to push more than a few buttons of anger and frustration among members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.
As Reuters reports, the Iran nuke deal aggressively pushed by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry has just been endorsed by the 15-member U.N. Security Council before the United States Congress has even had a chance to take up review and debate on the highly controversial agreement.
“The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose U.N. penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement,” reports Reuters.
“The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that was negotiated as part of the agreement reached in Vienna last week between Iran and the world’s major powers.”
On top of the U.N.’s okay for the nuclear pact, Reuters says that the European Union has also approved the deal between Iran and world powers that, in addition to the U.S., include Russia, Great Britain, China, Germany, and France.
The New York Times reports that powerful Capitol Hill lawmakers from both parties have expressed their strong objection to the Obama administration taking the Iran deal to the United Nations before the Congress could exercise its lawful right to consider the pact that anticipates the phase-out of sanctions against Iran. The Times notes:
At least two senior Democrats have joined the Republican leadership in complaining that the Security Council action…would pre-empt the congressional debate. Their concern is that it would signal the international community’s intention to dismantle the sanctions — if Iran meets the nuclear terms of the accord — before American lawmakers have had time to vote on it.
In announcing terms of the deal he called “historic,” the president last week essentially told Congress it could go ahead and debate the agreement purportedly intended to curb Iran’s ambition to obtain a nuclear weapon, but that he would veto any legislation aimed at blocking implementation of the accord.
The congressional review of the nuke deal that formally begins today, Monday, will focus on an array of contentious issues, as outlined by The New York Times: “the duration of the agreement, the strength of inspection provisions and the procedures for reimposing sanctions if the Iranians violate the agreement. Critics have also complained that the lifting of sanctions and the eventual end of an arms embargo will empower Iran to act against American interests around the world.”
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.