U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley didn’t identify Russia by name, but made it clear that country’s cover for Iran was making it less likely the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal can be sustained.
Haley’s brief statement was:
If the Iran nuclear deal is to have any meaning, the parties must have a common understanding of its terms. Iranian officials have already said they will refuse to allow inspections at military sites, even though the IAEA says there must be no distinction between military and non-military sites. Now it appears that some countries are attempting to shield Iran from even more inspections. Without inspections, the Iran deal is an empty promise.
The U.S. Mission to the UN said the statement was precipitated by a Reuters report that International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano has confirmed the agency is seeking “more clarification” on inspection and verification. This refers to Section T of the JCPOA, a provision that bans activities that could “contribute to the design and development of a nuclear explosive device.”
Russia’s ambassador has stated his nation does not believe those inspections are within the IAEA’s mandate with regard to Iran. The U.S. has said repeatedly that Iran must open its military facilities to inspectors.