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

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

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, will speak Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on how the administration will be evaluating the Iranian government's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on that country's nuclear program. She said it did not resolve a long list of other USA grievances about Iran's behavior, from its support for the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah to its ballistic missile program.

"We must consider the regime's repeated, demonstrated hostility toward the United States", said Haley. "What I am saying is should [Trump] decide to de-certify he has grounds to stand on". As to who is advising her on Iran, "This seems to stem from her inner circle", said one official, speaking not for attribution. Mogherini said last Monday that "compliance with the deal is certified by the IAEA and by the Joint Commission I chair, not by one single individual country", in a thinly-veiled rejection of United States attempts.

What we do know is that the IAEA had already specifically itemized, in 2011 and 2015, Iranian "activities that are relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device..." and "specific to nuclear weapons". Congress passed a separate law requiring the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is in fact complying with the deal, something Trump has done twice now.

Despite Iran's claim that an inspection of its military sites for nuclear activity is an unrealistic American "dream", the IAEA says it's prescribed by the nuclear deal. But this is the thing: Are we going to take care of our allies and making sure they're comfortable?

"We should welcome a debate over whether the JCPOA is in USA national security interests", she said, using the acronym for the deal's formal title, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. If the United States abandoned a deal with Iran that the previous president negotiated, there would be little reason for the North to think the same might not happen in any agreement it struck. "So far, Iran is abiding by the commitments taken in this mutually agreed framework".

So regardless of whether one considers Iran's violations of the JCPOA to have been material, and regardless of whether one considers Iran's flouting of the United Nations resolution on its ballistic missile technology to be "non-nuclear", US law requires the President to also look at whether the Iran deal is appropriate, proportionate, and in our national security interests. The performance should cement the ambitious Haley's place on Trump's short list of candidates to become secretary of state once Rex Tillerson's unhappy and probably short tenure in the job ends.

Haley misses the irony of how this elaborate case against Iran is taking place in the shadow of an ascendent nuclear power -North Korea-openly testing missiles and threatening the USA and its allies with nuclear annihilation. She's leaving open the possibility that sanctions relief could remain. "The Iranian nuclear deal was created to be too big to fail". Haley presupposed, "And when that 10-year (expiration) hits ... they start a nuclear war?"

She said the judgment Trump will make next month will therefore be based not simply on whether Iran has met its specific obligations under the JCPOA.

"Thus far, at least to us, there has been no evidence produced".

She said Iran's history, its hostility toward the USA have to figure into Donald Trump's calculus when he decides in October whether to certify if Iran is abiding by the deal.

Brokered by the Obama administration in 2015 with Iran, Germany and the four other permanent members of the UN Security Council, the JCPOA was created to strictly govern the Islamic Republic's nuclear work without addressing its "nonnuclear activities" of concern to global powers.

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