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31 August 2017, 01:18 | Katrina Lee
'Strong indications' Trump won't recertify Iranian compliance with nuclear deal
Iran has dismissed a US demand for U.N. nuclear inspectors to visit its military bases as "merely a dream" as Washington reviews a 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers, including the United States.
Iran's government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht told reporters that the demand by Ambassador Nikki Haley wasn't worth any attention. Primarily, this signifies rejection of the idea often voiced in the U.S. and by harsh critics of the Islamic Republic, that effective verification of Iranian compliance depends upon unqualified access to suspect sites within the country, including military sites.
He says the sites and all information about them are "classified".
This behavior violates worldwide laws governing the nuclear deal and has now led lawmakers and others to accuse the Obama administration of downplaying Iran's illicit activity in order to promote the nuclear deal and ensure Tehran receives a new commercial fleet.
In the coming days, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is slated to issue its report on the state of Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, the Iran nuclear deal).
Bolton, once considered for secretary of state and national security adviser during the presidential transition, said in an op-ed published Monday in National Review he was asked last month by Trump's now-ousted strategist, Steve Bannon, to draft a policy proposal on how the United States could withdraw from the nuclear accord.
"If they (Saudis) behave within the framework of worldwide and religious norms, I think better conditions will be created for us to settle the problems", he noted.
"I offer the Iran nonpaper now as a public service, since staff changes at the White House have made presenting it to President Trump impossible", Bolton wrote in National Review, which posted his blueprint for exiting the deal. The U.S. and the European countries have often had different positions on Iran but this fact has never really endangered their mutual relationship.
"It is regulations that determine our relations with the IAEA, not USA pressure. It has kind of taken military conflict against Iran because of the nuclear program off the table". With Bannon and his allies ousted and Bolton claiming he can't present his views to Trump, there is reason to fear that Trump will hear only one side of the debate over vital US foreign, defense, and national security policy matters such as the Iran deal.
Actively organize opposition to Iranian political objectives in the United Nations.
Haley has previously said that Iran is not complying with the "spirit" of the deal, pointing to Tehran's activities in the region, including its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and its backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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