Think Tank Calls for U.N. Funding Boost for Iran Nuclear Inspections

None

An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector cuts links between Iranian uranium-enrichment centrifuges last month, as an interim atomic accord took effect between Tehran and six major governments. A Washington think tank this month urged lawmakers to boost U.S. funding for IAEA surveillance operations in Iran under the short-term deal.
National Journal
Diane Barnes
Feb. 19, 2014, 9:55 a.m.

A Wash­ing­ton think tank is press­ing Sen­ate ap­pro­pri­at­ors to boost funds for heightened U.N. sur­veil­lance of Ir­an’s dis­puted nuc­le­ar pro­gram.

In­creas­ing U.S. fund­ing for the In­ter­na­tion­al Atom­ic En­ergy Agency in fisc­al 2015 would help the agency to “en­sure full and ro­bust in­ter­na­tion­al in­spec­tions in or­der to main­tain pres­sure on Ir­an,” the Bi­par­tis­an Policy Cen­ter’s for­eign policy dir­ect­or said this month in a let­ter to two key Sen­ate Ap­pro­pri­ations Com­mit­tee law­makers.

Ir­an agreed to re­strict cer­tain nuc­le­ar activ­it­ies and ac­cept heightened mon­it­or­ing of its atom­ic ef­forts un­der an agree­ment it reached in Novem­ber with the United States and five oth­er coun­tries. IAEA Dir­ect­or Gen­er­al Yukiya Amano last month said his agency would need roughly $7.6 mil­lion in “ex­trabudget­ary con­tri­bu­tions” to fund in­tens­i­fied over­sight for the deal’s ini­tial half-year dur­a­tion.

Blaise Mis­ztal, act­ing head of the Bi­par­tis­an Policy Cen­ter’s For­eign Policy Pro­ject, urged Con­gress to help an­swer the call.

“In­creased ac­cess to nuc­le­ar fa­cil­it­ies will de­mand more re­sources from the IAEA’s nuc­le­ar veri­fic­a­tion budget. We be­lieve IAEA mem­ber states, such as the United States, should ad­just their an­nu­al con­tri­bu­tions to re­flect this in­creased work­load,” Mis­ztal said in a Feb. 10 let­ter to Sen­at­ors Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair­man of the Sen­ate Ap­pro­pri­ations State, For­eign Op­er­a­tions and Re­lated Pro­grams Sub­com­mit­tee, and Lind­sey Gra­ham (R-S.C.), the pan­el’s rank­ing mem­ber.

Mis­ztal did not spe­cify how much ad­di­tion­al U.S. fund­ing his or­gan­iz­a­tion is seek­ing. Wash­ing­ton provided more than 40 per­cent of the agency’s budget for 2014, the group said in a Decem­ber fact sheet.

The six-month in­ter­im ac­cord that took ef­fect in Janu­ary is in­ten­ded to fa­cil­it­ate the de­vel­op­ment of a longer-term plan to ad­dress in­ter­na­tion­al wor­ries that Ir­an could tap its ci­vil­ian atom­ic activ­it­ies to pro­duce nuc­le­ar arms. In ex­change for lim­it­ing its atom­ic ef­forts un­der a po­ten­tial com­pre­hens­ive nuc­le­ar ac­cord, Tehran is seek­ing sanc­tions re­lief from the five per­man­ent U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil mem­ber na­tions and Ger­many.

Last month, the United States re­portedly joined the oth­er “P-5+1” powers and a num­ber of oth­er gov­ern­ments in agree­ing to help un­der­write the ad­di­tion­al nuc­le­ar in­spec­tions man­dated un­der the in­ter­im atom­ic ac­cord.

What We're Following See More »
‘PULLING A TRUMP’
GOP Budget Chiefs Won’t Invite Administration to Testify
13 hours ago
THE DETAILS

The administration will release its 2017 budget blueprint tomorrow, but the House and Senate budget committees won’t be inviting anyone from the White House to come talk about it. “The chairmen of the House and Senate Budget committees released a joint statement saying it simply wasn’t worth their time” to hear from OMB Director Shaun Donovan. Accusing the members of pulling a “Donald Trump,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the move “raises some questions about how confident they are about the kinds of arguments that they could make.”

Source:
A DARK CLOUD OVER TRUMP?
Snowstorm Could Impact Primary Turnout
8 hours ago
THE LATEST

A snowstorm is supposed to hit New Hampshire today and “linger into Primary Tuesday.” GOP consultant Ron Kaufman said lower turnout should help candidates who have spent a lot of time in the state tending to retail politicking. Donald Trump “has acknowledged that he needs to step up his ground-game, and a heavy snowfall could depress his figures relative to more organized candidates.”

Source:
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
A Shake-Up in the Offing in the Clinton Camp?
3 hours ago
THE DETAILS

Anticipating a primary loss in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Hillary and Bill Clinton “are considering staffing and strategy changes” to their campaign. Sources tell Politico that the Clintons are likely to layer over top officials with experienced talent, rather than fire their staff en masse.

Source:
×