A Washington think tank is pressing Senate appropriators to boost funds for heightened U.N. surveillance of Iran’s disputed nuclear program.
Increasing U.S. funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency in fiscal 2015 would help the agency to “ensure full and robust international inspections in order to maintain pressure on Iran,” the Bipartisan Policy Center’s foreign policy director said this month in a letter to two key Senate Appropriations Committee lawmakers.
Iran agreed to restrict certain nuclear activities and accept heightened monitoring of its atomic efforts under an agreement it reached in November with the United States and five other countries. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano last month said his agency would need roughly $7.6 million in “extrabudgetary contributions” to fund intensified oversight for the deal’s initial half-year duration.
Blaise Misztal, acting head of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Foreign Policy Project, urged Congress to help answer the call.