Iranian foreign ministry has refused to grant visiting visas to three pro-Israel Republican lawmakers who wanted to monitor Iran’s appliance to the P5+1 and Iran nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed on July 14, 2015 – calling it a publicity stunt.
“In sum, we consider your visa request to have been a publicity stunt and not an appropriate request to visit a sovereign country; and it has, and will continue to be, treated in that spirit,” said a letter published by the office of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday.
In February 2016, three US lawmakers, Mike Pompeo (Christian Zionist), Lee Zeldin (only Republican Jewish congressman) , and Frank LoBiondo (Christian Zionist), requested to visit Iran in order to inspect its nuclear sites. All three, who are known Islamophobes, were vigorous opponents of the nuclear deal.
“Despite what you seem to presume, members of the US Congress do not get to dictate the policies of other countries. This clearly applies to Iranian visa policies. Bear in mind that as members of the US Congress you are not a global authority,” the letter said.
The letter noted that according to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “is the sole body competent for monitoring” the implementation of the agreement’s nuclear provisions. From the time when the manufactured nuclear crisis has been settled through the JCPOA, tens of thousands of tourists, academics, investors, students and businesspeople from around the world — including many Americans — have obtained visas and traveled to Iran without any delay or complication
The JCPOA was never meant to be a peace deal. The Iran deal was and is a means of blackmailing Iran into surrendering its legally-enshrined rights and independence in exchange for progressive ceasing of the economic warfare against it.
Early this month, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei also said that Washington was never sincere about implementing the so-called P5+1 and Iran nuclear agreement (JCPOA). Therefore, Tehran has no intention of cooperating with the US and UK on regional issues.
“This is an experience that even if we give up, the US will never stop its destructive role,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, noting that despite the fact that Iran has fulfilled its commitments based on the nuclear deal, the US broke its promises (here).
On June 8, Sen. Tom Cotton (R- Arkansas), who was the loudest critic of the agreement warned about the consequences of an accord that he believes has emboldened Tehran to provoke terror across the world. Initially, Senator Tom Cotton Received Nearly $1 Mil To Oppose Iran Deal.