Head of UN Watchdog Highlights Serious Gap in Iran Nuclear Deal Verification

(Worthy News) - As US President Donald Trump deliberates over whether to re-certify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in two weeks time, new concerns about verification expressed by the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog may yet tip the balance against his administration doing so.

On Tuesday, Yukiya Amano – the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – said that the Vienna-based organization did not have the resources to adequately monitor a part of the 2015 deal known as “Section T,” which forbids Iran from engaging in a range of listed activities “which could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device.” Prohibited activities include work on detonation systems and the use of computer models to simulate nuclear explosive devices.

However, “Section T” makes no mention of the IAEA and does not explain how activities in this area are to be verified. Russia maintains that the IAEA has no authority under Section T, fueling concerns among the US and its allies that an agreement depicted as watertight contains several loopholes. In August, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley met with Amano, telling him that a “robust” verification regime depended on “access to facilities in Iran…including obtaining access to any locations in Iran where the IAEA has information regarding activities related to the JCPOA.” [ Source: Algemeiner (Read More...) ]

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