When the U.S. Congress entered into a deal with President Obama for the opportunity to review his Iranian nuclear deal, its members were adamant they be given sufficient time to look it over and to debate the proposal prior to taking a vote.
They even demanded the review period be increased to 60 days from 30 days if negotiations went beyond the point when a period of 30-days would conflict with the August recess of lawmakers.
On Tuesday, the parliament in Iran one-upped the U.S. Congress. They declared they would not make a vote on the nuclear deal for 80 days minimum during which a panel of experts would be reviewing it.
That announcement was seen as strategic by the Islamic Republic’s parliament, which stands to gain significantly form the terms of the deal related to lifting the economic sanctions but by which it could be seen as its leaders being pushed around by the powers in the West, in particular by the U.S.
Were opponents to this deal in Congress able to have it derailed, which only a slim change exists in doing so, then the leadership in Iran might look weaker if they already had approved it.
Under the review standard of 80-days, by contrast, they will not have to take their position on the accord until they already know what the U.S. Congress has done.
This means that in the unlikelihood that Congress rejects the deal, the parliament in Iran could claim it was never acceptable to them to begin with.
If it is accepted by Congress, then the lawmakers in Iran can approve it while at the same time putting a spin on it as well.
This announcement by Iran came only a day after the Security Council in the United Nations approved the deal, which was a rubber stamp decision since all the permanent members were parties to the final nuclear deal.
Barring an unexpected opposition by the Democrats in the Congress, this deal will likely get approved in the United States though there is the outside chance it would require a presidential veto of a congressional vote to disapprove.
Overall, it seems as if the status currently of the deal with Iran appears to be a done deal except for the usual political posturing.