Haley: Iran Deal Is "Empty", and Russia Is to Blame
It's now Russia's fault the US wants inspections where the International Atomic agency itself has said there are no grounds for them to go to
With President Trump expected to try to come up with some excuse to weasel out of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, Ambassador Nikki Haley has been backing his efforts to vilify the deal. Most recently, that’s centered on inspections.
Under the P5+1 deal, the IAEA conducts a massive number of inspections on Iran’s nuclear sites regularly. Haley, however, has been pressing them to conduct inspections against sites with no links to the civilian nuclear program, specifically military facilities.
The P5+1 agreement includes clauses permitting such inspections, if there was evidence of nuclear activity at such sites. The ones Haley is pushing for, however, were sites that the IAEA admitted questions about were resolved years ago. Haley is accusing Russia of blocking these new inspections, and claims the nuclear deal is “empty” without them.
Yet it’s not Russia that’s blocking the IAEA from carrying out the inspections. Rather, and the IAEA has been very public with this, there are no grounds for them to seek access to these sites in the first place, and they have no intention of doing so because the US is offering to reason for such investigations.
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