NCRI - Republican lawmakers are calling on the Trump administration to ensure that nuclear inspectors will be able to have unrestricted access to all potential nuclear sites in Iran at any time. This is one of the major failings of the 2015 nuclear agreement.
During the negotiations, former President Obama promised: “Inspectors will also be able to access any suspicious location. Put simply, the organization responsible for the inspections, the IAEA, will have access where necessary, when necessary.” However, this never happened and Iranian regime has refused to let nuclear inspectors into military sites.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump made the decision to not certify Iranian regime’s compliance to the nuclear deal. This has triggered a 60-day limit for Congress to decide whether to reimpose the crippling economic sanctions that were lifted as a result of the nuclear agreement.
Trump, who has threatened to scrap the agreement on a number of occasions, warned that if administration officials, Congress and their allies in Europe cannot improve the deal, he will withdraw from it.
During the week, over a dozen Republican senators urged the UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to address the lack of availability of information regarding Iranian regime’s nuclear problem, as well as the terrible inspection program.
They reminded the Ambassador that President Obama assured lawmakers and critics of the nuclear deal that there would be thorough inspections in which the IAEA, the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog, would be able to access all suspicious sites at any time.
This has not been the case and Haley herself has pressed Iranian regime for inspections, but officials in Iran have objected on numerous occasions.
To verify Iranian regime’s nuclear program, it is essential for nuclear inspectors to have access to all sites. This is a point that has been reiterated by experts. An IAEA official said a couple of months ago that the agency has not visited any military sites in Iran since the deal was implemented.
The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) is in charge of monitoring Iran’s activities as per the terms of the deal.
Section T of the deal bans Iranian regime from participating in any activities “which could contribute to the design and development of a nuclear explosive device”. The IAEA chief said in September that he was concerned about the agency’s lack of “tools” when it comes to verifying this section of the deal.
The lawmakers wrote in their letter to Haley that they urge her to make sure the other signatories of the deal realise how problematic the verification of Section T is. They emphasised that if the nuclear inspectors cannot visit military sites in Iran, they cannot assess whether Iranian regime is meeting its obligations.
Section T was brought up by Trump administration officials last month after the IAEA chief asked for clarification of it. However, not all parties are in agreement about this. Russia, for example, told the IAEA that it has no authority over that section so should just drop the issue. This prompted Haley to accuse “some countries” of shielding Iranian regime and pointed out that it is essential for all parties to have a “common understanding” of the deal if it is to be successful.