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"While I have discussed it with him, I do not know what decision he will make", Haley said Tuesday of Trump's deliberations.

"Should he decide to decertify, he has grounds to stand on", she said.

U.S. efforts to wring a favorable IAEA report failed when on August 30 the United Nations nuclear watchdog released its most recent quarterly report confirming for the seventh time that Iran is committed to limits on its nuclear program under the July 2105 nuclear agreement. And, Haley argued, both United Nations resolutions and U.S. law should be considered as well. "It's past time we had an Iran nuclear policy that acknowledged that".

Haley also suggested that Iran could be deemed as non-compliant based on its ballistic missile development which is excluded from the deal but is still illegal under other United Nations resolutions.

Haley warned that if the global community continues to not look at the Iranian activity, and just say, "We'll deal with that later", they will be dealing with the next North Korea, because they are allowing them to go and develop advanced technology right there in front of them. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas. There is no correspondence between reality and Haley's assertion that the agreement was a great deal for Iran but "what we get from the deal is much less clear".

In mid-October President Trump will bump up against a "certification" deadline imposed by the Iran Nuclear Agreements Review Act.

"Her presentation was, I think, well in line with longstanding criticisms of the JCPOA - that it insufficiently limits Iran's nuclear activities, at best fails to address and at worst abets the non-nuclear threats Iran poses, and - like it or dislike it - is ultimately temporary", Michael Singh, the former Middle East senior director in the George W. Bush administration National Security Council, told Al-Monitor.

First, Corker-Cardin gives Congress the mechanism to decide to reapply sanctions, but it is the president who must set foreign policy and outline its position. "Iran has been caught in multiple violations over the past year and a half".

"And if sanctions are reimposed, Iran is then freed from all the commitments it made", she continued.

The big problem with Haley's formulation is that Iran is a party to only one of those three "pillars", the JCPOA. Pointing out that this crisis can directly endanger Japan's national security, he stressed the major role of China on resolving the situation without the need for military options.

"We must consider the whole jigsaw puzzle, not just one of its pieces", Haley said, adding that Iran's missile development, past behaviour and general trustworthiness should be taken into account.

"If the president chooses not to certify Iranian compliance, that does not mean the United States is withdrawing from the JCPOA", Haley told an audience at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute Tuesday. "It's very easy to just talk about compliance and the JCPOA", she said, referring to the deal's formal name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

"The end result has to be the national security of the United States".

"No matter how convoluted this gets, the bottom line will be that the USA will be blamed for collapse", Ilan Goldenberg, who worked on Iran and Israel policy for Obama, said on Twitter.

A rhetorical challenge that Trump, Haley, and the drafters of her speech have faced is how to justify reneging on an agreement that, as the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency have confirmed, Iran is observing.

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