No detail is provided concerning what "nuclear rights" entail. Elsewhere it mentions that Iran would retain "portions" of their nuclear program, meaning possibly that it would not include nuclear weapons. However, my understanding is that Iran is already well beyond what is needed for peaceful uses where uranium enrichment is concerned.Iranian Regime: Obama Sent Secret Message Recognizing Our Nuclear Rights | Human Events
Senior Iranian parliamentary sources revealed on Saturday that the Swiss envoy to Tehran has quoted US President Barack Obama as acknowledging Iran’s nuclear rights.
Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti attended a meeting with senior Iranian foreign ministry officials a few days ago to submit a letter from the US president to Tehran leaders.
Vice-Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi told FNA that during the meeting, Agosti had told the Iranian officials that President Barack Obama recognizes Iran’s right of access and use of the nuclear technology.
“There are a couple of points with regard to this (US) message (to Iran),” Ebrahimi said and added, “Firstly, during the session to submit the message, the Swiss ambassador to Tehran quoted the US president as saying that ‘we (the US) recognize your nuclear rights’.”
As regards the second issue, the lawmaker said that the Swiss diplomat had also quoted Obama as saying that “I didn’t want to impose sanctions on your central bank but I had no options but to approve it since a Congress majority had approved the decision.”
The word of the President in this regard carries great weight, but that would change if Presidents change. Only a formal treaty, which requires Senate approval, would make it the law of the land and put it beyond executive fiat.
Secret conciliatory messages to Iran contrary to official US policy in the midst of a Presidential election reminds me a lot of Jimmy Carter.