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The IAEA Confirms Iran’s Nuclear Deal Compliance Once Again

The forthcoming quarterly report from the IAEA confirms [1] that Iran is complying with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):

Iran is operating within the essential limits on its nuclear activities imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says in a new report.

The confidential quarterly IAEA report, seen by several Western news agencies on November 12, said Iran “has not enriched” uranium above low levels and that its stockpile of enriched uranium was under the agreed limit of 300 kilograms.

Iran has been in compliance with the requirements of the nuclear deal in nine consecutive reports issued by the IAEA. Reports of Iranian compliance have become so predictable by now that they scarcely seem newsworthy, but it is worth remembering how certain opponents of the deal were that this would not happen. Opponents of the agreement were sure that Iran would cheat and fail to meet its obligations, and they insisted again and again that there was no point in making a deal with a regime that wouldn’t honor its commitments. For the ninth time in a row, the deal’s opponents have been proved completely wrong on this point.

Iran has been consistently adhering to the restrictions imposed by the JCPOA, so now we hear from critics of the deal that their compliance isn’t enough. Iran hawks no longer claim to care about cheating by Tehran, and instead express their horror that Iran is abiding by the terms of the agreement. These complaints serve as a reminder that no deal will ever satisfy these critics, because they are opposed to any agreement that reduces tensions with Iran and removes a pretext for war. That is why they have fought it tooth and nail for the last two years, and it is why they keep trying to sabotage it now.

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5 Comments To "The IAEA Confirms Iran’s Nuclear Deal Compliance Once Again"

#1 Comment By Christian Chuba On November 13, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

Iran exceeded heavy water limits twice.
Once by 1%, another time by 0.1% and Res. 2231 uses the phrase ‘estimates’ not limits. This is what the hawks say proves that Iran is ‘pushing the limits’.

#2 Comment By Whine Merchant On November 13, 2017 @ 6:07 pm

Well – we can all guess which media outlets won’t be promoting this story. Best to stick to alternative facts when the reality based world deviates from the GOP White House narrative.

#3 Comment By cka2nd On November 13, 2017 @ 11:01 pm

Whine Merchant says: “Well – we can all guess which media outlets won’t be promoting this story.”

Yeah, those neo-con and liberal interventionists larding the op-ed page at The Washington Post are going to either ignore this or use the argument against the agreement itself that Larison outlined above. Or were you thinking of someone else?

#4 Comment By There’sanunidentifiedlyingobjectintheWH On November 14, 2017 @ 5:46 am

To try and break the Iran deal while simultaneously trying to lure North Korea into negotiations is utter madness. What is wrong with these Iran Warhawks in America?

#5 Comment By RinTX On November 14, 2017 @ 11:30 am

“they insisted again and again that there was no point in making a deal with a regime that wouldn’t honor its commitments”

Well, they were right about that. They were just wrong about which regime would fail to honor its commitments.