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But in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Haley laid out exactly what "compliance" should look like, in the context of the US law that requires the president to make a determination every 90 days. "What I am saying is should [Trump] decide to de-certify he has grounds to stand on". "Iranian compliance involves three different pillars", which are the JCPOA, United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (which was the global community's formal endorsement of the JCPOA) and the Corker-Cardin legislation that governs the relationship of Congress to the president on Iran policy. And, Haley argued, both United Nations resolutions and USA law should be considered as well.
Haley suggested one area the United States might cite is Iran's ballistic missile tests, which Tehran insists are not covered by the agreement.
While Haley asked if the IAEA planned to inspect Iranian military sites to verify Tehran's compliance, something Tehran has said is totally irrelevant and which they would not allow, she said on Tuesday, "We never ask the IAEA to do anything". Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas. Such certification is needed by United States law every 90 days in order for the Congress to continue to withhold nuclear-related sanctions against Iran.
Upon a finding that Iran is not complying, Congress would consider whether to reimpose US sanctions lifted as part of the agreement, and USA participation in the worldwide agreement would be in limbo.
"During that time, Congress could take the opportunity to debate Iran's support for terrorism, its past nuclear activity, and its massive human rights violations, all of which are called for in Corker-Cardin", she said.
"Her presentation was, I think, well in line with longstanding criticisms of the JCPOA - that it insufficiently limits Iran's nuclear activities, at best fails to address and at worst abets the non-nuclear threats Iran poses, and - like it or dislike it - is ultimately temporary", Michael Singh, the former Middle East senior director in the George W. Bush administration National Security Council, told Al-Monitor. Congress could re-apply nuclear-related sanctions or it could take no action and in effect knock the ball back to the president. It is said Mogherini has repeatedly stressed that the JCPOA is a multilateral deal and that no party can singularly make decisions on behalf of others. Haley tried to make the subject sound like it is more complicated than looking at the terms of the detailed and laboriously drafted JCPOA and having IAEA inspectors, through continuous and highly intrusive monitoring, determine whether Iran is complying with the terms.
"If the president finds that he can not in good faith certify Iranian compliance, he would initiate a process whereby we move beyond narrow technicalities, and look at the big picture", Haley said in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) think tank. Outsourcing our national security to the U.N.is not a plan.
The former Iranian MP said what the U.S. administration has done so far since the implementation of the deal has amounted to efforts to discredit it by posing more and more sanctions on Iran.
"#IAEA verification of Iran compliance with JCPOA is based on terms of agreement; not the ulterior motives of USA officials, nor of lobbyists", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote Saturday on Twitter.
Strikingly, in a nearly hourlong speech devoted almost exclusively to the deficiencies of the Iran nuclear deal, Haley offered no vision for what alternative steps the Trump administration would take to restrain Iran's nuclear behavior.
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