Trump proven wrong: Iran complying with nuclear deal, United Nations watchdog says
Sep 02, 2017, 00:52
"[Haley] conveyed that the IAEA will need to continue to robustly exercise its authorities to verify Iran's declaration and monitor the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, including access to undeclared and military-affiliated sites where the agency has questions about nuclear-related activities", the U.S. official said, adding, "We have full confidence in the agency and its highly skilled and professional inspectors".
IRAN has remained within key limits of its nuclear activities imposed in its 2015 deal with world powers, a United Nations atomic watchdog report said yesterday.
The nuclear watchdog on August 31 certified in a quarterly report seen by news agencies that Iran is complying with the agreement, which granted Iran worldwide sanctions relief in exchange for the curbs on its nuclear activities.
Haley traveled to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s headquarters last week to demand inspections of Iran's military sites-but presented no evidence of suspicious activity by the Iranians.
The State Department's praise for the IAEA was at odds with a statement from U.S. envoy to the UN Nikki Haley, who bashed Iran for its support of the Palestinian group Hamas and seemed to question whether the agency was being aggressive enough in seeking out sensitive sites in Iran to inspect.
Bolton said the highest immediate priority must be the abolition of the nuclear accord, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but added that an Israeli attack against Iran's nuclear facilities may be an inevitable deterrent option.
Under the deal, most worldwide sanctions were lifted in return for Iran undertaking long-term curbs on its nuclear programme, which the West suspected was aimed at developing the means to build an atomic bomb.
It also rejected Tehran's claim that its military sites were off-limits to inspection, saying the agency needs access to all "relevant locations" if suspicions arise of possible hidden atomic activities.
Iran has denied a United States request for more vigilant enforcement of the Iran nuclear deal.
US President Donald Trump has called the JCPOA - which was negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama - "the worst deal ever" and repeatedly threatened to tear it up. "And I do not expect that they will be compliant". "We just don't want to give them an excuse to".
IAEA monitors Iran's compliance via site visits, remote monitoring, containment seals, and satellite imagery. Trump has been a vocal opponent of the deal, which he and his conservative supporters criticize as being too soft on Iran.
IAEA officials said they would not help the Trump administration make a false case for abandoning the agreement.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani later said the U.S. call was unlikely to be accepted by the IAEA.
Iran says this contravenes the "spirit" of the deal, an accusation fired back by Trump at Tehran because of the Islamic republic's funding and supplying of armed groups "across the region".
Following months of negotiations, the long-awaited deal was signed between Tehran and major world powers - the US, France, Britain, Russia, and China, plus Germany.
The landmark 2015 agreement saw Iran officially agreeing to halt parts of its nuclear program and subject other sectors to increased United Nations monitoring in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions.
Iran's stock of low-enriched uranium, used for peaceful purposes, but when further processed for a weapon, did not exceed the agreed limit of 300 kg (661 pounds), the report said.
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