UN Nuclear Watchdog Defends Iran Agreement

Monitoring and Verification in Iran

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed once again that Iran has been honoring its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"At the same time, however, Trump and some of his senior officials now are reported to have a new plan in mind-not to blow up the deal but to renegotiate a better one", he said, adding that those revisions would include extending the duration of limits on Iran's uranium enrichment capacity, greater constraints on its ballistic missile development and greater access for global inspectors to Iran's military sites. "If he was independent, and his decisions were based fully on independence, he would have pressed inspecting the nuclear centers of the Zionist regime, because nuclear arms in the occupied lands set as the biggest danger to the entire Middle East region".

"Mr. Amano, his agents and no other foreigners have the right to inspect our military sites, because these sites are among off-limit sites for any foreigner and those affiliated with them", he added.

Right from the start, Haley lied, claiming that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA, the official title for the "Iran Nuclear Agreement") "gave Iran what it wanted up-front", and that all the USA got in return were "temporary promises" from Iran in exchange.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany signed the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

While Trump has made no secret of his distaste for the deal, the Iran strategy presented to him on Friday by his advisers reportedly does not advocate a withdrawal from the JCPOA, but rather increased economic sanctions and limited military moves to counter Iran's growing influence.

The latest IAEA report came at a time that the U.S., which is a party to the agreement, seems to be laying out a case for abandoning it.

Trump has to certify in mid-October whether he believes Iran is abiding by the nuclear deal and that sticking to it is vital to USA national security interests.

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