Trump has grounds to say Iran violating nuclear deal: Haley

Danielle Pletka, vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, who moderated a question-and-answer session after Ms. Haley's speech, said the ambassador should be given credit for publicly laying out the administration's thinking on Iran.

In April, Trump ordered a review of whether a suspension of sanctions on Iran related to the nuclear deal, negotiated under former president, Barack Obama, was in the U.S. national security interest.

In prepared remarks obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Haley will call the JCPOA, which was brokered by the Obama administration, a "very flawed and very limited agreement" that was "designed to be too big to fail".

Unlike the USA, the European parties to the nuclear deal as well as Russian Federation and China have never raised any complaints about the agreement with Iran and have stressed full commitment to it.

Critically, included in this supposed "non-nuclear" activity is the IRGC's ongoing development of ballistic missile technology.

Evidently no demands on the time of the USA ambassador in NY, from the issue of North Korea (which has real, not imagined, nuclear weapons) to the war in Syria were too important to keep her from giving a speech at the American Enterprise Institute that represented the administration's most concerted and contrived public effort so far to lay groundwork for withdrawing from the JCPOA. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

The UN envoy also criticised the nuclear pact and alleged that Iran had breached its terms with its most recent ballistic missile test, however indicated that the US Congress would have the final say on the matter. If Trump does not certify Iran's compliance, the law provides for an expedited process whereby Congress could reimpose the sanctions lifted under the agreement - or do nothing at all.

"This is about USA national security".

Indeed, that decision would be in Congress's hands should the president follow through on Haley's plan.

Haley didn't offer any factual violations, rather claiming Iran's "long history of aggression" made it inherently in violation of the deal.

"I get that Congress doesn't want this". But the pushing for more inspections on additional military sites, suggesting the Iranians are hiding something.

Under U.S. law, she said, "We must consider not just the Iranian regime's technical violations of the JCPOA", referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan for Action, the deal's formal name, but also its violation of United Nations resolutions and Iran's history of aggression.

"At issue is our national security interest", Haley said.

Haley traveled to Vienna last month to meet International Atomic Energy Agency officials for what she described as a fact-finding mission as part of Trump's review.

The Trump administration may feel Iran has been given too free a rein given its record of violating its worldwide treaty obligations on nuclear issues.

Brokered by the Obama administration in 2015 with Iran, Germany and the four other permanent members of the UN Security Council, the JCPOA was created to strictly govern the Islamic Republic's nuclear work without addressing its "nonnuclear activities" of concern to global powers.

She pointed out that the Corker-Cardin law requires certification of two things - that Iran has not materially breached the JCPOA: and that "the suspension of sanctions against Iran is appropriate and proportionate to Iran's nuclear measures, and that it is vital to the national security interests of the United States".

  • David Armstrong