Three days ago, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Devin Nunes called the arrest of former Secretary of State John Kerry, after his shadowy meeting with a top-ranking Iranian official, as he attempted to salvage the horrible deal the Obama administration cut with the anti-American rogue nation.
If Kerry was arrested for violating the Logan Act, he would be the very first person ever arrested under a constitutionally dubious 1799 law. Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) made his demand to imprison the former Massachusetts Democrat under the Logan Act, which could theoretically result in three years in federal prison.
OMG! Logan Act violations!! Send in the G Men… https://t.co/FA1dydJGQb
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) May 4, 2018
Nunes was referring to a meeting John Kerry has with a top-ranking Iranian official in New York two weeks ago.
Boston Globe reports about Kerry’s “Shadowy diplomacy, a year-and-a-half after he left his office as Secretary of State.
Kerry sat down at the United Nations with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss ways of preserving the pact limiting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. It was the second time in about two months that the two had met to strategize over salvaging a deal they spent years negotiating during the Obama administration, according to a person briefed on the meetings.
Breitbart – On Monday, the president of state-sponsor of terror Iran appears to have changed his tune, hinting that the Islamic Republic may remain in the nuclear pact with world powers even if the U.S. drops out, Reuters reports.
Rouhani emphasized over the weekend that Iran would further resist America’s pressure to limit its influence in the Middle East, a position that already mirrors the status quo.
Echoing comments made last week by Vladimir Yermakov, a high-ranking official at Russia’s Foreign Ministry, President Rouhani argued that U.S. withdrawal from the agreement would not spell the end of it.
The president of the Islamic Republic noted that Iran is preparing for various scenarios, including a deal that would include all signatories that remain committed to it except the United States or no pact at all.
According to Reuters, President Rouhani proclaimed in a speech carried live on Monday on state TV.
We are not worried about America’s cruel decisions. … We are prepared for all scenarios and no change will occur in our lives next week.
If we can get what we want from a deal without America, then Iran will continue to remain committed to the deal. What Iran wants is our interests to be guaranteed by its non-American signatories. … In that case, getting rid of America’s mischievous presence will be fine for Iran.
Rouhani’s comments came amid the looming May 12 deadline for American President Donald Trump to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic, a move that would imperil the deal reached between Tehran and U.S.-led world powers in July 2015.
On Monday, the Iranian president appears to have changed his tune from remarks disseminated live by state television the previous day.
“If America leaves the nuclear deal, this will entail historic regret for it,” Rouhani warned Sunday, stressing that the U.S. would suffer remorse if it withdraws from the pact “like never before.”
Iran has “a plan to counter any decision Trump may take, and we will confront it,” he also cautioned, further adding, “Orders have been issued to our atomic energy organization and to the economic sector to confront America’s plots against our country. America is making a mistake if it leaves the nuclear accord.”
The pact — between Iran, the United States, China, Russia, Germany, France and the UK — is supposed to restrict Iran’s nuclear operations in exchange for relieving the Islamic Republic of crippling economic sanctions, namely those imposed by the United States and the United Nations.
However, Israel argues that U.S.-led world powers entered into the deal under false pretenses.
Citing “new and conclusive proof” of violations at the hands of Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Tehran of continuing to hide and enhance its nuclear weapons program after the agreement.
Iran insists that it never sought to build a nuclear weapon, repeatedly arguing that its atomic program is for peaceful civilian purposes.
BBC reports, “Iran branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a liar and said the documents he produced were a rehash of old allegations already dealt with by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN’s nuclear watchdog.”
Echoing the Israeli PM, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters last week. “The deal was made on a completely false pretense. Iran lied on the front end.”
In the wake of Israel’s accusations, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also said that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was “built on lies.”