US Sanctions 11 People and Companies for Iranian Activities
Sep 15 2017
Netanyahu will be in NY to speak to the United Nations General Assembly in an address that will feature his arguments to amend the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
However, later in the day, Trump derided the deal as "one of the worst" he'd ever seen.
Haley also brought up the importance of stopping Iran from exploiting "ambiguous language" in the deal, as well as IAEA's access to facilities in the Islamic Republic.
The 2015 Iran nuclear deal, negotiated between Tehran and world powers including the United States, imposed restrictions and inspections on Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of an array of crippling economic sanctions.
The nuclear non-proliferation experts said they "firmly support vigorous efforts to monitor and enforce compliance" with the agreement.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Iran is violating "the spirit" of the Iran nuclear deal, but stopped short of saying whether he will refuse to recertify the agreement.
Sanctions expert Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies said that a possible approach would be for Trump to report to Congress in mid-October that he could no longer certify that Iran was in compliance with the deal.
Citing confidentiality requirements, he also would not say, in response to a question, whether any of those "many" access visits had been to military sites.
The same assertion can be made about the officials of the three European countries involved in the nuclear agreement.
Tillerson isn't the only administration official exploring ways to finesse certifying the Iran deal.
Lawmaker Ardeshir Nourian warned against any unilateral walkout of the deal, saying this would effectively spell the end of the agreement.
Colin Kahl, who served as the national security adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden, told reporters in a teleconference on Wednesday that unilateral USA sanctions would be opposed by European allies and would not have the same impact as those introduced with global support before the 2015 deal. And it can point to a United Nations report this week showing that Iran was meeting the conditions on its nuclear program set out in the accord.
Some have argued that sanctions would not simply roll back into place because the nuclear deal was not just between Iran and the U.S.; it was also signed by the UK, France, Germany, China, Russia, and the UN.
The Trump White House's threats to dismantle the JCPOA are tremendously unsafe for the USA and the entire world.
The IAEA inspectors are charged with ensuring that no potential nuclear fuel - highly enriched uranium and plutonium are the two commonly used sources - is being diverted to a covert nuclear weapons program.