World Exclusive: U.S. envoy to U.N. will go to Vienna to review Iran nuclear activities - U.S. official

01:05  10 august  2017
01:05  10 august  2017 Source:   Reuters

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U . S . Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will travel to Vienna later this month to discuss Iran 's nuclear activities with U . N . atomic watchdog officials , a U . S . official said on Wednesday, as part of Washington's review of Tehran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U . S . Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will travel to Vienna later this month to discuss Iran 's nuclear activities with U . N . atomic watchdog officials , a U . S . official said on Wednesday, as part of Washington's review of Tehran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal.

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The official told Reuters that Haley, a member of President Donald Trump's cabinet, would meet with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials and the U.S. delegation in Vienna to further explore the extent of Iran's nuclear activities.

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U . S . Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will travel to Vienna later this month to discuss Iran 's nuclear activities with U . N . atomic watchdog officials , a U . S . official said on Wednesday, as part of Washington's review of Tehran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal.

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In April, Trump ordered a review of whether a suspension of sanctions on Iran related to the nuclear deal was in the U.S. national security interest. He has dubbed it "the worst deal ever negotiated."

Most U.N. and western sanctions were lifted 18 months ago under a deal Iran made with world powers to curb its nuclear programme. It is still subject to a U.N. arms embargo and other restrictions, which are not technically part of the deal.

The IAEA polices restrictions the deal placed on Iran's nuclear activities.

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Under U.S. law, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days of Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal. The next deadline is October and Trump has said he thinks by then the United States will declare Iran to be noncompliant.

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VIENNA Iran is refusing to significantly cut the number of centrifuges it intends to keep to produce nuclear fuel, making it hard to imagine a compromise at this week' s talks with six powers, Western and Iranian officials said on Wednesday.

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The U.S. review of its policy toward Iran is also looking at Tehran's behaviour in the Middle East, which Washington has said undermines U.S. interests in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.

"Ambassador Haley has consistently voiced her and the administration's concerns about Iran's illegal missile testing and other harmful actions," said the U.S. official, who requested anonymity.

The United States, Britain, France and Germany have complained several times to the United Nations, most recently last week, about Iran's ballistic missile launches, which they contend are "in defiance" of a 2015 U.N. resolution enshrining the nuclear agreement.

Under the U.N. resolution, Iran is "called upon" to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years. Critics of the deal have said the language does not make it obligatory.

The United States imposed sanctions on six subsidiaries of a company key to Iran's ballistic missile programme, a day after Iran's July 27 launch of a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit.

At the time, Haley said, "The issue with Iran always comes back to mistrust. Iran's widespread support for terrorists tells us we can't trust them. Iran's breaking its obligation on missile testing tells us we can't trust them."

Last week, Trump signed into law additional sanctions on Iran, which Tehran said violate the terms of the nuclear agreement.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

Feinstein: Keep Iran deal, apply lessons to North Korea .
Diplomacy is the only path to stop Kim Jong Un from obtaining a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States. Unfortunately, as President Trump grapples with the North Korean threat, he seems to have forgotten that same lesson we learned with Iran. After pursuing an atomic bomb for decades, the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran was finally blocked when the world’s major powers secured the historic P5+1 agreement with Tehran two years ago. Trump is now attempting to unravel it. The White House must certify to Congress whether Iran is in compliance with the agreement every 90 days. By every account, Iran has done so. But prior to the latest recertification, the president’s top national security advisers had to walk him back from unilaterally abandoning the agreement just to fulfill his campaign promise. Such an irrational decision would have isolated the United States and allowed Iran to resume its nuclear activities. It would also severely undermine diplomacy with North Korea. Why would North Korea trust the United States if we abandon the Iran agreement with no justification? Why would our negotiating partners place faith in American leadership if we cannot be trusted to keep our word? Under the P5+1 accord, the United Nations Security Council's five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) plus Germany agreed to ease economic sanctions against Iran if it ended its nuclear weapons programs.

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