Haley to discuss Iran with IAEA officials

U.S. Ambassador to the UN will travel to Vienna to discuss Iran's nuclear activities with UN atomic officials.

Elad Benari ,

Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will travel to Vienna later this month to discuss Iran's nuclear activities with UN atomic watchdog officials, a U.S. official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Haley, a member of President Donald Trump's cabinet, will meet with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials and the U.S. delegation in Vienna to further explore the extent of Iran's nuclear activities, the official added.

Trump was highly critical of the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was “disastrous” and pledging to annul it.

After he was sworn in as president, Trump described the nuclear deal as “the worst deal I’ve ever seen negotiated” and accused the Islamic Republic of “disrespecting” the United States because of the deal.

While Trump's administration recently confirmed that Iran is adhering to the nuclear agreement it signed with world powers in 2015, Trump and other officials in the administration have stressed that the President has reservations about the deal.

"Ambassador Haley has consistently voiced her and the administration's concerns about Iran's illegal missile testing and other harmful actions," the U.S. official, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.

While lifting nuclear-linked sanctions, the United States maintains sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile program, human rights record and its support for international terrorism.

Last week, Trump signed into law a bill that imposes new sanctions on Iran, as well as on Russia and North Korea.

Tehran, which says the sanctions violate the terms of the nuclear agreement, has vowed an "appropriate and proportional" response to them.