The US is no longer complying with the Iran nuclear deal and is poised to re-impose some previously lifted sanctions on Iran and its trading partners.
But the legal basis for that action is a bit murky and contested. A new analysis from the Congressional Research Service tries to make legal sense of what has happened.
“The legal framework for withdrawal from an international pact depends on, among other features, the type of pact at issue and whether withdrawal is analyzed under domestic law or international law,” the report says. See Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal: Legal Authorities and Implications, CRS Legal Sidebar, May 17, 2018.
Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following.
Iran’s Foreign and Defense Policies, updated May 23, 2018
Israel: Background and U.S. Relations In Brief, updated May 21, 2018
Military Construction: Process, Outcomes, and Frequently Asked Questions, updated May 16, 2018
Violence Against Journalists in Mexico: In Brief, May 17, 2018
Venezuela’s 2018 Presidential Elections, CRS Insight, May 24, 2018
DACA Rescission: Legal Issues and Litigation Status, CRS Legal Sidebar, May 23, 2018
Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress, updated May 23, 2018
Advanced Pilot Training (T-X) Program: Background and Issues for Congress, updated May 21, 2018
The International Monetary Fund, updated May 24, 2018
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, updated May 24, 2018
Is There Liability for Cross-Border Shooting?, CRS Legal Sidebar, May 22, 2018