UN Nuclear Chief: Iran Complying With Nuclear Deal

Notes IAEA Has Access to All Facilities

The latest in a long series of comments in defense of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, The chief of the UN’s nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Amano Yukya confirmed Thursday that Iran remains in compliance with all commitments made under the pact.

With President Trump having “decertified” the nuclear deal, and other US officials claiming Iran is violating the “spirit” of the deal, Amano has been offering increasingly frequent affirmations that in reality, the deal is being implemented exactly as planned.

Adding to his comments, Amano addressed US claims that Iran is refusing to let the IAEA inspectors into certain places, noting that they have access to all Iranian facilities they have sought access to.

This is related to US officials demanded that the IAEA carry out new inspectors of Iranian conventional military sites. These inspections are not explicitly authorized under the P5+1 deal, and the US is hoping an Iranian refusal can be spun as a violation.

Instead, Iran has remained mostly mum on the issue, with the IAEA has instead noted that they will not seek to access those sites unless there is a legitimate reason to do so, and there isn’t.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.