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UN Ambassador Haley Highlights Iranian Military Backing for Hamas as IAEA Rebuffs US Demands for Nuclear Inspections

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Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar praised Iran’s support for the terrorist organization. Photo: FIle.

Iran’s admission that it is providing military and financial support to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas is a potential violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 – which prohibits the Tehran regime from exporting weapons without the Security Council’s approval, Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, said on Thursday.

Accusing Iran of showing its “true colors,” Haley’s remarks came after Yahya Sinwar – a Hamas military leader who currently serves as Prime Minister of Hamas-controlled Gaza – praised Iran earlier this week for providing “strategic military support” to the terrorist organization. This was a “stunning admission,” Haley said.

“Iran must decide whether it wants to be a member of the community of nations that can be expected to take its international obligations seriously, or whether it wants to be the leader of a jihadist terrorist movement,” Haley declared in a statement. “It’s long past time for the international community to hold Iran to the same standard that all countries who actually value peace and security are held to.”

The brazen restoration of ties between Hamas and Tehran, which had been badly damaged by the advent of the Syrian civil war, further compounded Haley’s frustration with Iran this week concerning its compliance with the Iran nuclear deal of 2015. American calls for the inspection of military sites in Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – which are permitted under the Additional Protocol of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the Iran agreement is known – were rebuffed this week by the Iranians, who ridiculed the demand as “merely a dream.”

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“If inspections of Iranian military sites are ‘merely a dream,’ as Iran says, then Iranian compliance with the JCPOA is also a dream,” Haley said.

The US push for IAEA inspections in Iran faced a further obstacle from the agency itself on Thursday afternoon. Despite Haley’s visit to the agency’s headquarters in Vienna last week, during which she warned that there are “numerous undeclared sites that have not been inspected,” the IAEA said it would be not be pressing Iran to allow inspectors. While the IAEA’s official reason for not submitting a request is that the US has reportedly not provided credible indications of nuclear activity at these sites, critics of the Iran deal argued that the agency’s reluctance was a face-saving measure.

“The IAEA knows Iran would refuse their request, and that would demonstrate the inherent weakness of the effort to monitor Iran’s nuclear activities,” one Washington, DC-based analyst told The Algemeiner.

Doubts are again surfacing over whether President Donald Trump will certify Iranian compliance with the deal, as is required by Congress every 90 days. Since taking office this year, Trump has certified the deal twice – once in April and once, reportedly very reluctantly, in July – having described it on the campaign trail in 2016 as “the worst deal ever negotiated.”

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  • Michael Fox

    President Trump’s inner circle of advisors, including military brassy McMaster and Mattis, as well as Secretary of State, Tillerson who is deep in the pockets of ME oil producers, are all strong proponents of maintaining the deal with Iran.
    The US has in the past made some really bad deals but this one has to rank as possibly the stinkiest.
    Under the radar, this was simply a business/money deal. The co-signatories of the deal had contracts at the ready to begin exporting to Iran as soon as the deal was signed and the money the Us was holding was received in Tehran. Obama and Kerry would have signed any deal to save face because the co-signers were ready to mutiny anyway and eager to resume business with Iran. They were itching to disengage from the US initiated embargo on Iran.
    ….and now you know the rest of the stinky story.

  • Dan

    Non compliance for Iran president Trump!

  • Peter

    Nikki!!! Keep up the great work!!!!

  • Efram Paul

    I think it is long since time that Iran has made the choice. It IS terrorism today, providing more support for terrorist organizations on earth,.essentially conquering a large chunk of the middle east, from itself to Syria, so far. Thank you Nikki for calling it to our attention, but Iran wants nothing less than to dominate the entire world, bring it back to the dark ages as it has at home, and murder every single human being who is not Shia Muslim.

  • Bijoux

    Hooray for Amb. Haley. She has demonstrated more guts than most in the State Dept. She is a great asset to the Trump administration.

  • watsa46

    The US needs to use her economic power to squeeze Putin out of power then a domino effect may start. The EU is clearly playing a double game!
    BHO explicitly denied the IAEA the right to check Iran nuke and rocket programs. And Iran has been taking full advantage of it. Furthermore one shouldn’t be surprised if Russia & China are transferring nuke and rocket tech to Iran and NoKo.