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Nikki Haley lays out argument to say Iran not abiding nuclear deal

07 September, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks during a meeting by the United Nations Security Council at the U.N. headquarters in New York City U.S

In an address to the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Haley left little doubt that she would support a presidential finding next month that Iran is not complying with the deal.

The US law requiring the President to certify compliance also requires the administration to brief Congress on the specific technicalities of how Iran is in violation, the aide said.

She was referring to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which Congress passed after the Obama Administration and the other P5+1 countries agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran.

"Judging any worldwide agreement ends and begins with the nature of regime that signs it", Haley said.

Unlike the United States, the European parties to the nuclear deal as well as Russian Federation and China have never raised any complaints about the agreement with Iran and have stressed full commitment to it. An additional June 2017 allegation by the USA accused the Iranians of receiving a shipment of ballistic-missile technology, but so far the Secretary General has not been able to corroborate it.

Iran's government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters that the demand by US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley wasn't worth any attention. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

Haley's remarks represent the highest-level acknowledgment that the Trump Administration might choose to declare the deal broken, while leaving the sanctions issue and the future of the agreement for Congress to deal with.

Upon a finding that Iran is not complying, Congress would consider whether to reimpose US sanctions lifted as part of the agreement, and USA participation in the worldwide agreement would be in limbo.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal is one of the contributing factors to the gravity of the situation with regards to Iran. However - and this is key - do we have any confidence this administration is equipped to negotiate new provisions, keep allies on board and not induce Iran to leave the deal in such a fashion as to appear the sympathetic victim of USA double-crossing?

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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?"

Congress would have 60 days to consider whether to reimpose sanctions or conclude that the Iran deal is "too big to fail", said Haley. "No, they don't want us to get out of the deal".

Illicit nuclear material is allegedly continuing to be stockpiled in North Korea on behalf of Iran (so that Iran does not default on the 2015 nuclear deal).

And we also know that the pre-JCPOA certification scam consisted of Iran self-reporting.

Instead, Iran's history, its hostility toward the United States and its behavior in the Middle East have to figure into Trump's calculus when he decides in October whether to certify if Iran is abiding by the deal, she said.

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. Fortunately, the US seems to accept the weakness of its case: Trump has twice certified that Iran is in compliance to the US Congress.

"At issue is our national security interest", Haley said.

"Most UN and western sanctions were lifted 18 months ago under the nuclear deal".

She cited Iran's support for terrorism, proxy wars and malign actors, its weapons-smuggling and human rights violations - subject to other United States and global sanctions - as reasons to pull back from the agreement.

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