Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Foreign Policy Project issued letters to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, in both the House and Senate, to request an increase in funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to insure that the U.S. can properly carry out enhanced inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities agreed to under the interim deal known as the “Joint Plan of Action.”
Increased access to nuclear facilities granted by this deal will demand more resources from the IAEA’s nuclear verification budget. BPC previously recommended an increase in inspection funding last December and issued a fact sheet on the funding challenges. Without the ability to verify that Iran is abiding by the terms of the interim deal, BPC argues that it will be difficult to build the trust to move forward with negotiating a final, comprehensive agreement.
An excerpt from the letter is below. Read the full letter here.
“We must maintain our vigilance on Iran. Naturally, 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. As you begin work on the FY2015 appropriations bill for State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, I encourage you to increase funding for the IAEA’s nuclear verification budget to ensure full and robust international inspections in order to maintain pressure on Iran.”