Fate of Iran nuclear deal depends on tough United Nations policing

Israel's Merkava tanks seen during military drills in the Golan Heights

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump during a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., February 15, 2017.

US President Donald Trump on Monday told the International Atomic Energy Agency that his administration would pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran if it believed it was not being monitored strongly enough. The meeting comes as the Haaretz newspaper reports that the International Atomic Energy Commission (IAEA) had information about suspected Iranian nuclear sites past year, after the nuclear agreement with Iran went into effect, but inspectors did not visit them.

Asserting that Iran is fully complying with terms of the accord, Salehi said the greatest threat to its survival is "the American administration's hostile attitude".

But Trump, as quoted by Perry, suggested the deal could stand or fail on IAEA access to Iranian military sites, declaring "we will not accept a weakly enforced or inadequately monitored deal".

Washington's UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, travelled to the IAEA in Vienna last month to lobby for tougher nuclear inspections in Iran, including military sites.

Along with sanction policies, the United States is also struggling to push Iran out of the nuclear deal by putting pressure on Iran by raising unreasonable issues like visits to military centers.

During their scheduled meeting Monday, Netanyahu will reportedly present Trump with Israel's position on Iran, and also address the subject in a speech during a UNGA meeting Tuesday.

IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano, who was approved for another four-year term in office on September 18, said that the commitments undertaken by Iran under the nuclear deal "are being implemented". If Trump decides not to certify, Congress will then have 60 days to debate whether to re-impose sanctions.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Sunday that Tehran would not submit to United States "bullying".

Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal is set to be a flashpoint at the UN General Assembly meeting in NY this week, with Trump and a slew of senior advisers taking aim at Iran, while European signatories express confidence in the accord.

"The corrupt, lying, deceitful United States officials insolently accuse the nation of Iran. of lying, whereas the nation of Iran has acted honestly and will continue on this path until the end in an honest manner", said Khamenei.



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