USA wants Iran's military sites inspected to verify compliance with nuclear deal

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 24, 2017

The meeting comes a day after Haley stated the USA wanted to know if the atomic watchdog plans to inspect Iranian military sites to verify Tehran's' compliance with a nuclear deal.

Haley, who met with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials in Vienna on Wednesday, asked the question as part of the Donald Trump administration's review of the agreement between Iran, the United States, and five other world powers.

As part of the Iran nuclear deal, the US President must recertify Iran's adherence for the deal to US congress every three months in exchange for the removal of many worldwide economic sanctions.

Haley, a member of Trump's cabinet, told Reuters: "If you past Iranian behaviour, what you've seen is there have been covert actions at military sites, at universities, things like that".

"There were already issues in those locations, so are they including that in what they look at to make sure that those issues no longer remain?" she said.

Haley "praised the IAEA's technical expertise and its credibility, professionalism and seriousness in conducting its monitoring and verification work in Iran", a statement from her office said.

The communique did not elaborate but this is likely a reference to the IAEA visiting military sites where the watchdog might suspect efforts to create an actual nuclear warhead.

Top authorities in Iran have rejected giving global inspectors access to military sites and officials have told Reuters that any such move would trigger harsh consequences.

President Hassan Rouhani said last week that Iran could walk away within hours, accusing Washington of "constant and repetitive breaking of its promises" under the deal.

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations recently met with the atomic watchdog chief on Iran.

Its regular reports focus on Iran's declared nuclear activities and say only that it is continuing to monitor Tehran's commitments not to conduct any weapons-related research.

Haley said: "We don't know if he's going to certify or decertify the deal".

"The Trump administration needs a wake-up call on the costs of sabotaging the nuclear deal with Iran", Arms Control Association analyst Kelsey Davenport said.

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