UN Ambassador Nikki Haley suggests Iran may be cheating on nuclear deal
Sep 07, 2017, 01:59
"I think Haley's speech really didn't offer us any alternative ways forward". "I'm saying should the president decide to decertify, he has grounds to stand on". Yet it would also result in a congressional vote on re-imposing nuclear related sanctions on Iran, potentially withdrawing the United States from the deal and splitting us from European allies.
"If the president finds that he can not certify Iranian compliance, it would signal one or more of the following messages to Congress: Either the administration believes Iran is in violation of the deal, or the lifting of sanctions against Iran is not appropriate and proportional to the regime's behaviour, or the lifting of sanctions is not in the United States national security interest", Haley said.
"We must consider the regime's repeated, demonstrated hostility toward the United States", Haley said. But while she argued that the United States should not be held hostage by worldwide pressure to preserve the deal, she offered no reason why the United States would be better positioned to restrain Iran's nuclear program or address Iran's other troubling behaviors without it. Haley's assertion disregards how, given Iran's experience in the war launched against it by Iraq, and its situation in facing neighbors today with superior air forces, it is unrealistic that Iran ever would accept curbs on its development and possession of missiles without similar restrictions on others in the region.
Haley said she has not had any discussions with leaders in Congress about what might happen after Trump fails to certify Iranian compliance. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas. "It said, 'We've made this deal on the nuclear side, so none of the regime's other bad behavior is important enough to threaten the nuclear agreement'".
"During that time, Congress could take the opportunity to debate Iran's support for terrorism, its past nuclear activity, and its massive human rights violations, all of which are called for in Corker-Cardin", she said.
"This is about US national security".
However, she asked: "Are we going to take care of our allies and make sure they're comfortable, or are we going to look after our national security interests?"
Haley met with the IAEA in Vienna last week in an attempt to pressure the agency to inspect Iranian military sites.
Haley dismissed all this under the umbrella of United Nations member states falling into the trap of thinking that the Iran nuclear agreement is "too big to fail".
"We are informed that the USA officials have conducted frequent visits to the worldwide nuclear watchdog, and talks have been held with the chief of the body", Velayati was quoted as saying. "This is about what is in our national security interests".
The big problem with Haley's formulation is that Iran is a party to only one of those three "pillars", the JCPOA.
Speaking at an event hosted by a conservative think tank in Washington D.C, Haley emphasised President Donald Trump's authority over the matter.
The Trump administration has been weighing since April whether to scrap the deal, despite disagreement from usa allies in Europe who helped implement the agreement two years ago. "And we must consider the day when the terms of the JCPOA sunset", she said.
The deal is backed by the United Nations and includes the five major nuclear powers that are permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.
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