US Credibility at Stake

US Credibility at StakeUS Credibility at Stake

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said if the US wishes to retain its credibility in international negotiations, it cannot attempt to scuttle the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

“If the United States wants to remain credible in future multilateral negotiations, it cannot go against the international consensus and attempt to scuttle past diplomacy whether as political retaliation against a previous administration, or as part of a constant reassessment of American national interests,” said Khoshroo in an Op-Ed published in the New York Times on Sunday, as cited by Press TV.

US President Donald Trump has long despised the deal in part because he perceived it as a legacy of former Democratic president, Barack Obama. Since taking office in January, the Trump administration has twice certified Iranian compliance under US law.

Those two certifications have been offered only half-heartedly, and it is expected that a third one—due shortly in mid-October—will not be forthcoming.

Khoshroo noted that these certifications are not required by the deal itself, which stipulates that the International Atomic Energy Agency is responsible for verifying Tehran’s compliance.

“The US Congress introduced the idea of the White House certification in 2015. In short, it is a domestic American issue,” he said.

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