Thanks, Obama? Iran adhering to nuclear deal after all

Following talks with officials of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, she concluded that there are apparently "numerous undeclared sites" and that more inspections are required.

Iran remains in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report showed, despite tensions between Tehran and Washington threatening the agreement. He has called it "the worst deal ever negotiated".

Decades of failed USA diplomacy with Iran, including the Obama administration's nuclear accord, actually paved the way for the Israeli option, Bolton told the Washington Free Beacon. "That is a problem". Iran dismissed the call as "merely a dream".

But they said Washington has not provided such indications to back up its pressure on the IAEA to make such a request.

A USA official said Thursday that Haley "did not ask the IAEA to inspect any specific sites, nor did she provide the IAEA with any new intelligence". The deal was struck under Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

The IAEA, however, has insisted that there is no need for this. "It will never happen", said Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"If they want to bring down the deal, they will", an IAEA official told Reuters. "We just don't want to give them an excuse to". It also conducts on-site visits and has access to satellite imagery.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and former Iranian foreign minister, said Tuesday that the US or United Nations.

The IAEA's latest report said Iran's stock of low-enriched uranium did not surpass 661 pounds, the quota assigned by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to Agence France-Presse.

Under U.S. law, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days of Iran's compliance with the deal. Trump has said he thinks by then Washington will declare Iran to be non-compliant - a stance at odds with that of the other five world powers including USA allies in Europe.

Iran's stock of so-called heavy water - a moderator used in a type of reactor that can produce plutonium - stood at 111 tonnes, below the 130-tonne limit agreed in the deal, the report said, adding that Iran had restarted production of heavy water on June 17 after a maintenance shut-down of the plant on April 27.

Haley had reportedly abstained from presenting any evidence to justify such inspections at her meeting with the IAEA in Vienna, the statement added.

"According to the JCPOA, it is up to the IAEA (not one or another party to the accord) to request access and determine if Iran's cooperation is sufficient to resolve concerns", Daryl Kimball, with the Arms Control Association, told Al-Monitor via email.

Five votes are needed for a majority, which could comprise the United States and its Western allies.

  • Joey Payne