US Ambassador to United Nations argues Iran not abiding by nuclear deal
- Author: Kelly Blake Sep 07, 2017,
Sep 07, 2017, 1:58
However, she added, if the president decides to reject the agreement now, he "has grounds to stand on". "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 behavior; or the lifting of sanctions is not in the USA national security interest".
She said the worldwide community's unwillingness to challenge regime behavior "for fear of damaging the nuclear agreement" typifies the threat the deal poses to American national security, describing it as "too big to fail".
Haley said the USA must consider the regime's repeated demonstrated hostility towards the United States.
Haley suggested one area the United States might cite is Iran's ballistic missile tests, which Tehran insists are not covered by the agreement.
In a speech to a conservative think tank, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said she didn't know what decision Trump would ultimately make, as a series of deadlines approach. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
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The Obama administration, which negotiated the deal, said that by ending at least for now the threat of a nuclear Iran, the worldwide community could more easily confront Iran for its rogue actions.
"This lays the groundwork for the president to decertify the deal if he chooses to do so but it doesn't necessarily follow that Congress will reinstate the J.C.P.O.A. sanctions", he said, referring to the nuclear deal by its official acronym.
"Congress could debate whether the nuclear deal is in fact too big to fail", she said. "We should welcome a debate over whether JCPOA is in USA national security interests..." "The Corker-Cardin law governs the relationship between the president and Congress". It is said Mogherini has repeatedly stressed that the JCPOA is a multilateral deal and that no party can singularly make decisions on behalf of others. But even so, Iran has been caught in multiple violations over the past year and a half.
"The entire world thinks the JCPOA is untouchable, but it's not", Haley said at the American Enterprise Institue, using the formal acronym for the nuclear pact.
The Trump administration has been weighing since April whether to scrap the deal, despite disagreement from us allies in Europe who helped implement the agreement two years ago.
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"No matter how convoluted this gets, the bottom line will be that the US will be blamed for collapse", Ilan Goldenberg, who worked on Iran and Israel policy for Obama, said on Twitter.
The High Council for Human Rights secretary went on to add "certainly, we won't be the first country to withdraw from JCPOA, but we will not remain unresponsive to the other party's lack of commitment to the agreement". "At issue is our national security".
The comments by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano are significant - his agency is policing the deal capping atomic activities that Iran says are peaceful but the United States suspects are a covert pursuit of nuclear arms. "And we must consider the day when the terms of the JCPOA sunset", she said. "W e will be dealing with the next North Korea" if the JCPOA is preserved in its current form, Haley said.
She pointed out that the Corker-Cardin law requires certification of two things - that Iran has not materially breached the JCPOA: and that "the suspension of sanctions against Iran is appropriate and proportionate to Iran's nuclear measures, and that it is vital to the national security interests of the United States".
"The end result has to be the national security of the United States".
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