Trump May Make Congress Decide Future of Iran Nuclear Deal

"What I am saying is should [Trump] decide to de-certify he has grounds to stand on".

However, Haley pointed out that under U.S. legislation the president had to certify not only the absence of "technical violations" of the JCPOA but also to guarantee that the continued suspension of sanctions is "appropriate and proportionate" to steps taken by Iran, and that lifting sanctions is vital to USA national security interests.

USA efforts to wring a favorable IAEA report failed when on August 30 the United Nations nuclear watchdog released its most recent quarterly report confirming for the seventh time that Iran is committed to limits on its nuclear program under the July 2105 nuclear agreement. And be assured, "the end result has to be the security of the United States...we will always look out for our interest, our security". "We firmly support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear issue and call upon all relevant parties to comply fully with their obligations and ensure full and effective implementation of the JCPOA to promote worldwide and regional peace and stability", part of the statement read.

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

Under U.S. law, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days whether Iran is in compliance with curbs on its nuclear activities required in exchange for global sanctions relief under the deal. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

The Trump administration has been debating for months whether to scuttle the nuclear deal, as Trump threatened to do as a candidate, despite staunch opposition from USA allies who negotiated the deal with former President Barack Obama's administration.

Ilan Goldenberg, a former state department official, said that if Trump withheld certification of the nuclear deal it would be hard for him to continue to waive sanctions, as both are based on similar criteria.

Haley said the JCPOA was created to be "too big to fail". Haley acknowledged European objections, but added: "This is about US national security".

First, Corker-Cardin gives Congress the mechanism to decide to reapply sanctions, but it is the president who must set foreign policy and outline its position.

Iran rejects U.S. demand for United Nations inspector visit to military sites
Headquarters - is to persuade the worldwide community that Iran is not adhering to those obligations, and to ensure that it does. Analysts say recent actions by the USA demonstrate that President Donald Trump plans to renege on the Iran nuclear agreement.

However, she asked: "Are we going to take care of our allies and make sure they're comfortable, or are we going to look after our national security interests?"

Haley argued that judging Iran's nuclear intentions purely on the basis of its compliance with the "flawed" JCPOA was "dangerous and short-sighted".

Haley said that threat shows that "Iran's leaders want to use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage to its bad behavior".

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

The Trump administration has been weighing since April whether to scrap the deal, despite disagreement from us allies in Europe who helped implement the agreement two years ago. Haley all but declared in her speech that the Iranians were guilty if they weren't rushing to open up the additional sites, and the IAEA was weak for not demanding it.

"#IAEA verification of Iran compliance with JCPOA is based on terms of agreement; not the ulterior motives of United States officials, nor of lobbyists", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote Saturday on Twitter.

"The Iran deal is about the nuclear issue, nothing else", Araud tweeted. Haley deftly explained that there are three separate consideration with regard to the Iran nuclear agreement, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"We will stay in a deal, as long as it protects the security of the United States".

  • Ronnie Bowen