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IAEA confirms Iran is meeting its commitments under nuclear agreement

Mark Dubowitz
13th November 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran is adhering to the restrictions imposed on its nuclear program under a 2015 agreement, the United Nations agency charged with monitoring the country’s facilities has said in its first report since President Trump refused to certify the Islamic republic’s compliance.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a confidential report viewed by Reuters and several other news outlets Monday that Iran’s stockpiles of enriched uranium have not exceeded the agreed limit of 300 kilograms. It also reported that IAEA inspectors were able to gain access to any sites they tried to visit.

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But Mark Dubowitz, the head of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a strong critic of the agreement, said the basic flaw is that the accord does not guarantee that Iran will not eventually be capable of developing nuclear weapons.

“The problem with the nuclear deal is not whether Iran is complying or cheating,” he said. “It is the dangerous reality that the very structure of the deal gives Iran patient pathways to nuclear weapons and [intercontinental ballistic missiles] simply by following the deal and waiting patiently for key restrictions to sunset.”

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