Obama Admin: Iran Nuke Deal Nonbinding

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State Department officials have acknowledged again to Congress that the recently adopted Iran nuclear agreement is not a legally binding document and was not formally signed by any party, according to another in a series of letters sent by the administration to Congress.

"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document," wrote Julia Frifield, a State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, wrote to Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kansas) in a Nov. 19 letter responding to his request for information about the deal.

Upon announcing the deal, the Obama administration was forced to admit that the agreement was not a legally binding document or treaty. Neither the United States nor Iran signed the agreement, which is a series of proposals aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Most aspects of the deal were formally adopted by the United Nations, which along with its member countries, will monitor Iran to ensure it is upholding its end of the bargain.