A frequent critic of the Iran nuclear deal said Thursday that the United States and its negotiating partners have allowed Tehran to exceed agreed-upon caps for stockpiles of enriched uranium and other materials.
David Albright, the founder and president of the Institute for Science and International
Security, said key “exemptions” to the deal’s limits were made in what he characterized as “secret” meetings of the Joint Commission. That is the body established to decide issues that arise in implementing the deal. Its members are Iran and the countries that negotiated the agreement — the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia, as well as the European Union.
“These decisions, which are written down, amount to additional secret or confidential documents linked to the JCPOA,” said the report that Albright wrote with senior policy analyst Andrea Stricker, referring to the deal’s official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. “Moreover, the Joint Commission’s secretive decision-making process risks advantaging Iran by allowing it to try to systematically weaken the JCPOA. It appears to be succeeding in several key areas.”
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