Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Donald Trump's White House is undermining the international system for detecting illicit nuclear activity just as he may be about to need it. U.S. National Security Council adviser John Bolton said in an interview this week with ABC that "we don't have adequate inspections" in Iran, where the International Atomic Energy Agency has established the most comprehensive monitoring regime ever imposed without a military invasion. That's the same United Nations organization that will have to keep track of North Korea's uranium stocks if Trump's efforts to broker an agreement with Kim Jong Un bear fruit.
"If the idea prevails that the IAEA system isn't strong enough under the most stringent and intrusive safeguards regime in history, then it raises profound questions about the world's confidence in the IAEA and its daily mission," Corey Hinderstein, who led the Department of Energy's Iran Task Force and helped develop the special monitoring program under the Iran nuclear deal, said in an interview.
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