In this footage from a press conference held on August 25, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, speaks about her newly concluded visit to the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) to discuss the Iranian regime’s compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Ambassador Haley raises the concerns of the US government over this issue and over “undeclared sites” which have not yet been inspected, especially given the Iranian regime’s “history of lying and pursuing covert nuclear programs.”
The ambassador begins by lauding the IAEA’s management and the team monitoring the Iran nuclear program before raising the issues which the Trump administration finds problematic, saying: “I had a very productive visit to the IAEA in Vienna this week Director General [Yukiya] Amano and his staff were gracious and very generous with their time. He and his teams are total professionals and true experts in their field. They have a very strong verification program in Iran. I was pleased to hear about all that they’re doing.
She continues, “”Having said that, as good as the IAEA is, it can only be as good as what they are permitted to see. Iran has publicly declared that it will not allow access to military sites but the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) makes no distinction between military and non-military sites. There are also numerous undeclared sites that have not been inspected yet. That’s a problem. I have good confidence in the IAEA, but they are dealing with a country that has a clear history of lying and pursuing covert nuclear programs. So we are encouraging the IAEA to use all the authorities they have and to pursue every angle possible with the JCPOA, and we will continue to support the IAEA in that process.”