Iran Rejects US Accusation It Long Violated Nuclear Deal

Iran FM dismisses US allegations, which lack evidence

Iranian foreign Minister Javad Zarif has rejected US allegations that Iran has always been in violation of the P5+1 nuclear deal, dismissing the statements of Twitter. Experts similarly dismissed the claims, noting the lack of evidence.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed there “is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms.” She offered no evidence that this was the case.

Indeed, the US never made such allegations until now. Previously, the administration had argued simply that the deal was bad, and the CIA director had recently conceded that Iran remains “technically” in compliance with it.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has pointed out since the deal first came into effect that Iran has remained entirely in compliance. This has often annoyed the Trump Administration, as it has undercut attempts to see the deal destroyed.

Attempts to retroactively claim violations would be great for the US in trying to get Europe to pull out of the deal. They are running up on the serious problem that the allegations are simply not true, nor remotely credible, which makes this seem like just another transparent US scheme to undermine the deal.


Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.