Friday, August 25, 2017

White House Delaying Decision on Compliance, Despite Iran's Latest Nuclear Boasts

On Tuesday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that President Donald Trump had not yet made a decision about whether the recertify Iranian compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The president is required to provide this certification every 90 days, as a term of congressional approval for the 2015 deal, which was spearheaded by Trump’s predecessor.
Trump himself has provided this certification on two occasions already, and the next report to Congress is due in October. However, the previous two decisions to preserve the deal were reportedly made begrudgingly, at the insistence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other members of Trump’s foreign policy team. The president has recently indicated that if left to his own devices, he would have cancelled the JCPOA at the first opportunity, in keeping with his campaign trail talking points describing it as the “worst deal ever negotiated.”
Trump’s longstanding aversion to continued JCPOA implementation may cause Haley’s recent remarks to come as a surprise to some. The Washington Post also appeared to suggest that Tehran was not taking those remarks seriously. At issue for Iranian officials was the fact that Haley’s comments preceded her visit on Wednesday to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, where she was to pursue answers to American doubts and concerns regarding Iranian compliance.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has formally complained about the planned visit, with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif claiming in a letter to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano that White House was attempting to spread its doubts far beyond the borders of the US. “Even before the visit takes place, the way it is planned and publicized and the signal that it sends have notable detrimental consequences for the successful implementation of the JCPOA,” the letter read.
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