Iran Complying With Nuclear Deal — UN Atomic Agency

Stephen Lendman

Stephen Lendman

He is seeking a pretext to accuse Tehran of breaching its terms and walk out of the deal to appease his allies and sell more arms.

Heinonen and Albright wrote that the need for instituting inspections on the basis of Section T stems from Iran's acquisition of dual-use items that could be used to develop nuclear weapons.

The IAEA report is the third to be compiled since President Trump took office. While the changes to the language appear minimal, the variance has led to alternative interpretations of what constitutes a violation of the provision.

"I don't make any disguise of the idea that ultimately it may take an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear program to stop it", he said.

The comments came after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley met last week with IAEA officials in an attempt to push the UN nuclear watchdog into requesting inspections of Iranian military sites.

Iran says this contravenes the "spirit" of the deal, an accusation fired back by Trump at Tehran because of the Islamic republic's funding and supplying of armed groups "across the region".

According to the nuclear deal the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is "permitted to seek access to any location in Iran, including military-affiliated sites, where the IAEA has questions about possible nuclear-related activities".

Bolton said he was compelled to go public with his blueprint since Bannon no longer enjoys regular access to Trump and can't deliver it to the president himself.

"However, President Trump has shown disdain for the Iran deal, and most multilateral efforts", he said. Currently, "Iran has several short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) that can reach from 150 to 700 kilometers", explains Ward. He rose to power mainly on the platform of undoing every major policy achievement of the former administration. The Iranians want the ability to deter similar attacks in the future. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the agency's report has not officially been made public.

"Once again, Iran is showing its true colors", said US Ambassador Nikki Haley. In spring 2017, Pew found 78 percent of Americans held unfavorable views of North Korea and reported widespread concern in Asia about the North's nuclear program. "It cannot be both", Haley said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a live TV interview on Aug. 29.

Adding to their weight is their timing.

It added that Iran "has not pursued the construction of the Arak. reactor", which could give it weapons-grade plutonium, and has not enriched uranium above low purity levels.

But for this to happen, UN inspectors must believe such checks are necessary and so far they do not, officials have told Reuters.

Iran has already learned a number of damaging lessons from North Korea.

Bennett Seftel is deputy director of analysis at The Cipher Brief.

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