Haley: US 'has grounds' to revoke Iran nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump has grounds to declare that Iran is violating the 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers, his top diplomat to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said. "If the president finds that he can not certify Iranian compliance, it would be a message to Congress that the administration believes either that Iran is in violation of the deal, or that the lifting of sanctions against Iran is not appropriate and proportional to the regime's behavior, or that the lifting of sanctions is not in the US national security interest, or any combination of the three".

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"We must consider the whole jigsaw puzzle, not just one of its pieces".

Instead of ratcheting up the pressure on Tehran on our terms and our timetable, Americans paid to give Iran time to hone missile delivery systems (Obama omitted from the deal) and get itself to the brink of acquiring a nuclear weapon before the JCPOA's terrifying hourglass runs out.

Haley also suggested that Iran could be deemed as non-compliant based on its ballistic missile development which is excluded from the deal but is still illegal under other United Nations resolutions.

Asked if the USA would end up isolated for leaving a deal that has buy in from China, Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the EU, Haley said that European allies, who worked most closely with the Obama administration to craft the deal, understand the new U.S. concerns.

Haley said the JCPOA was created to be "too big to fail".

Iran's verified compliance with the deal's provisions resulted in the U.N. Security Council lifting an array of worldwide financial sanctions last year that had been in place for years, and the release of billions of dollars of Iranian funds that had been frozen by Western banks and governments.

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, said it would be a mistake for the United States to take unilateral action to leave the Iran agreement, especially for political purposes. Haley didn't dispute the assessments of global inspectors and USA intelligence agencies, both of which concluded that Iran is in compliance with the deal, no matter how flawed and limited it may be. "The result is that for advocates of the deal, everything in our relationship with the Iranian regime must now be subordinated to the preservation of the agreement".

As with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, punting the Iran issue to Congress seems like a way for the Trump Administration to have its cake and eat it too, by declaring Iran non-compliant but not taking responsibility if the deal subsequently falls apart.

Haley outlined possible scenarios for leaving the deal, including one that involves essentially deferring a decision to Congress, which under US law oversees Iranian compliance with the deal.

The importance of the Iran nuclear deal can not be stressed enough.

President Donald Trump and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on August 11 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. She criticized the agreement's failure to link Iran's ballistic missile program with its nuclear work, despite the UN Security Council's repeated resolutions to that effect. New sanctions would need 60 votes in the Senate, and key Democrats who opposed the nuclear deal, such as Senator Charles Schumer, have not said whether they would vote for action that could destroy the Iran accord.

"Another major flaw in the JCPOA is its penalty provisions", she said. Without evidence of a significant violation, this odd Haley argument that Iran is noncompliant with the spirit of the agreement but not the letter of it, is not likely to carry much weight with the other parties. That penalty is the reimposition of sanctions. "Think about that. There is an absurdly circular logic to enforcement of this deal". The law provides an expedited process for Congress to re-impose sanctions.

  • Wendy Palmer