Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump's UN Envoy: Iran Deal 'Designed to Be Too Big to Fail'

Trump's UN Envoy: Iran Deal 'Designed to Be Too Big to Fail'

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley laid out a case for President Donald Trump to step back from the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, arguing that Iran's technical compliance alone isn't enough for the US to stick with the pact.

But we think she doth protest too much.

"While I have discussed it with him, I do not know what decision he will make", Haley said. One would be to accept Iran as a de facto nuclear weapons state with the likelihood this would trigger a nuclear scramble among other regional powers including Saudi Arabia.

"What if they weren't doing the right thing?" "What if we just gave them 10 years, and all the money they wanted to do what they want to prepare for, when that 10th year hits and they start nuclear war?"

She said Iran's nuclear program "is not something that suddenly went away but is hiding behind an agreement that everyone is afraid to touch".

"The Iran deal is about the nuclear issue, nothing else", Araud tweeted. "Many observers miss that point".

European allies said they continue to believe the nuclear deal's benefits far outweigh any shortcomings. And the IAEA compliance a mere "puzzle piece".

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. Again, Haley has reportedly even declined to present evidence to the IAEA indicating that they should access any suspicious sites - military or otherwise.

To prevent this from happening, the world must up its game "in devising a strategy to increase pressure on Iran" with a combination of increased truly biting sanctions, isolation and the threat of a military option, she said. She has been particularly expressive in recent months as Washington, a party to the deal that seems to want to withdraw has stepped up rhetoric and action against the deal. "And if the president does not certify Iranian compliance, the Corker- Cardin law also tells us what happens next", she said, adding that what happens next is significantly in Congress's hands.

"Iran has been caught in multiple violations over the past year and a half". The Iranians denied the missile was created to carry a nuke, and a lack of "consensus" about the testing and whether this provision in 2231 was even binding, prevented further action.

Haley's argument, made Monday in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, was that the agreement was inextricably bound to other manifestations of Iran's bad behaviour, including its development of missiles, military adventurism and backing for terrorism.

"We're allowing them to have behavior that's in violation of the resolution right in front of us", she emphasized. It is likely that Iran will be a willing buyer for North Korea's nuclear material. "Meanwhile, the United Nations is too reluctant to address the regime's so-called non nuclear violations". "The Corker-Cardin law governs the relationship between the president and Congress".

In fact, initial reporting on the USA pushing for military site inspections cast it as a justification for Trump withholding certification of the nuclear accord.

But Haley is detailing a litany of United States grievances against Iran and its Revolutionary Guard. AEI host Danielle Pletka even joined in, adding the world refugee crisis to list of Iran's current global crimes. But notably, Haley says if Trump does declare Iran in violation, that doesn't necessarily mean the USA will withdraw from the deal. "This is not an easy situation for anyone", she said.

Bolton advises that, through a national and worldwide educational and diplomatic campaign, the USA must take the lead in explaining why this deal is a threat to the US and all its allies.

The speech is worth reading in full if only for the historical accounting of the Iranian regime's behavior, its nuclear program and its support for terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah.

The first is the deal itself. It will be music to the ears of hardliners like former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, who has not only been pushing to dissolve the pact but to bomb Iran. Haley acknowledged European objections, but added: "This is about USA national security".

Both regimes are irrational and the Trump administration is starting to realise this.

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