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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, to discuss U.S. concerns about the Iran nuclear deal.
To make matters worse, Iranian officials have warned the inspectors at the IAEA not to share any information with Haley.
Haley held a meeting with “IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and was also to meet with the technical experts who monitor nuclear activities, including those in Iran governed by the nuclear pact signed by the U.S.” CBS News reported:
In a statement released after her meeting with Amano, the U.S. United Nations delegation said Haley had stressed U.S. “concerns about ensuring Iran strictly adheres to its obligations.” One of her primary missions — not just in Vienna but back at U.N. Headquarters — is to persuade the international community that Iran is not adhering to those obligations, and to ensure that it does.
Iran does not want Haley to receive any information, though. From The Washington Examiner:
But Iranian officials argued that the meeting undermined “the independence and credibility” of the inspectors and warned the IAEA not to share extra information about the regime’s nuclear program.
“Any contribution to the destructive approach of the US Administration to undermine ‘successful implementation’ of the [nuclear deal], or sharing any information on Iran and its nuclear activities, which is not included in regular updates that Director General provides to the IAEA Board of Governors, with any third party including the U.S. government’s envoy will not be in conformity with the above-mentioned provision,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a letter to the IAEA.
To no one’s surprise, Zarif believes that Haley has tried “to corrupt the IAEA’s inspections and effectively break the nuclear pact.” Zarif even wrote that the international community sees Haley’s visit “to put pressure on the Agency and adversely affect the professional and impartial nature of the work of the IAEA.”
However, Haley wants to apply that pressure on Iran “to stop test launching ballistic missiles.” From CBS News:
The U.N. Security Council Resolution (UNSCR 2231) on the nuclear pact calls on Iran, “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”
In the letter she penned, Haley argued that, “Iran’s longstanding program to develop ballistic missiles continues to be inconsistent with UNSCR 2231,” and she called for the issue to be taken up at the Security Council.
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