The U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Must Censure Iran

Iranian officials plotted in the early 2000s to deceive the United Nations’ nuclear regulator, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and thwart its investigations into Tehran’s covert nuclear weapons program. The Journal reported last week that the Islamic Republic even stole internal IAEA documents to better organize its deceptions. Iran also blocked a new, little-publicized IAEA probe into its covert nuclear activities for nearly four years, and the watchdog reported Monday that Tehran has not answered questions about its undeclared nuclear activities. These revelations underscore how stupid President Biden was in negotiating a new nuclear deal. To enforce transparency, he must urge the IAEA to censure Iran when its members gather on Monday.

The Biden administration has focused its diplomatic efforts on reviving the expired 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The Biden government and officials from France, Germany and Britain have discussed the prospect of a new deal with the Iranians, but Tehran has shown little interest in compromise. Still, the US and its European allies have withheld rebukes from the IAEA – which would insist that Iran comply with the agency’s investigations or the matter could be referred to the UN Security Council – lest it disrupt negotiations. The U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Must Censure Iran

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