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The IAEA and the Interim Deal: Funding Challenges

By Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Harry Parkhouse contributed to this post.

BPC’s latest analysis on the interim deal with Iran, released today, examines the challenge of funding the enhanced inspections allowed for in the agreement. Carrying out monitoring of five new facilities related to Iran’s nuclear program as well as daily inspections at Iran’s main nuclear sites, Natanz and Fordow, according to BPC estimates, will increase the workload of IAEA inspectors by as much as 50%, and cost almost $10 million annually (or $5 million over the course of the 6 month deal). Given the importance of fully verifying Iranian compliance with the deal, BPC recommends that the United States increase its funding to the IAEA to cover the cost of new inspections.

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