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    Haley Claims Russia is Protecting Iran From UN Nuclear Inspections

    Haley Claims Russia is Protecting Iran From UN Nuclear Inspections

    Of course they are.

    Will President Donald Trump certify the Iran nuclear deal made under former President Barack Obama? That may not happen now since U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has accused Russia of protecting Iran from nuclear inspections that are crucial to the deal. From Fox News:

    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley indicated Thursday that Russia was shielding Iran by blocking the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from verifying part of the deal. The IAEA initially revealed the news to a reporter in a Q&A. Meanwhile, under a requirement from Congress, Trump must choose whether to certify the deal by October 15.

    Yukiya Amano, the IAEA Director General, told Reuters that his agency’s “tools are limited,” regarding verification of section T in the nuclear deal.

    Section T of the Iran nuclear deal, which is also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), prohibits activities related to “design and development” of a nuclear weapon.

    Russian officials claimed that the UN does not have any authority “to police” section T of the nuclear deal. From RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty:

    That section, known as section T, bans “activities which could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device.” It lists examples such as using computer models that simulate a nuclear bomb, or designing multi-point, explosive detonation systems.

    Unlike many other parts of the deal, section T makes no mention of the IAEA and does not specify how compliance with the section will be verified.

    Haley is not the only diplomat who feels this way. The United Kingdom, France, and Germany have sided with Haley’s interpretation of the deal.

    Haley stated that without these inspections, “the Iran deal is an empty promise.”

    Former IAEA advisor David Albright, the founder and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, suggested to Fox News that Iran denying the inspections could cause problems:

    “Amano basically said that the IAEA is not implementing the verification of section T and is unsure how to proceed. He wants guidance from the Joint Commission. However, Russia has said it does not want the IAEA to verify section T. If it sticks to that position in the Joint Commission and blocks instructions to the IAEA to proceed with verifying Section T, and the IAEA does not act on its own to verify Section T or find a work around, then the verification of the JCPOA is incomplete and the deal is not fully implemented,” he said.

    “Full implementation is a requirement for the President to certify under INARA (Corker-Cardin). Lack of verification of Section T would also demonstrate that the deal does not deliver like promised and promoted by deal supporters,” Albright told Fox News.

    Middle East expert Omri Ceren also told Fox News that if IAEA cannot inspect or verify this portion of the deal, then Trump’s answer is easy:

    “There’s no wiggle room here. The law requires the president to tell Congress yes or no, do we know if Iran has ‘fully implemented’ the deal? The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog just said they don’t know if Iran has implemented the section of the deal about nuclear weapons’ work, because Iran won’t let them into military bases where that work is likely to occur. Advocates of the Iran deal are saying the president should certify anyway. They’re asking him to lie to Congress on behalf of the deal,” Ceren said.

    Trump has reluctantly re-certified the Iran deal twice before. He said on September 20 that he has reached a decision, but did not say if he picked yes or no.


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    Iran has unilaterally violated every deal it has ever made with world powers since 1979. So, this should come as no surprise to anyone. The JCPOA depends entirely upon Iran actively honoring the spirit of the agreement. It is not doing that in the case of inspections. The refusal to allow inspections should be viewed not simply as a desire for for privacy but as an active measure to hide violations of the agreement. On that basis, the US should not re-certify compliance with the JCOPA, by Iran, and demand that all applicable sanctions be reinstated. The effects of this will be limited, as the JCOPA specifically exempts any contractual agreements, which exist at the time of the reinstatement of the sanctions, which do not directly relate to the activities prohibited in the JCOPA. And, the decision of the US is not binding upon any of the other parties.

    Decertifying the JCOPA will not cause the Iranians to cease their nuclear program. It will not force them to allow inspections. It will do nothing to make the world safer, except possibly removing a source of future funds. This would only be temporary, as funds can be acquired from other sources. And, it is simply a political agreement among the parties, not a binding document in any sense. In other words, it is, and always was, useless, given Iran’s historic practice of ignoring all international agreements which it does not like.

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