The U.S. Government Accountability Office, an independent, non-partisan agency,
released a report
Tuesday raising concerns about the ability of the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor and verify Iran's obligations under the recently signed nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
The report identified three potential problem areas: integrating JCPOA-related funding into its regular budget and managing human resources in the safeguards program; access challenges, which depend on Iran's cooperation and the untested JCPOA mechanism to resolve access requests; and the inherent challenge of detecting undeclared nuclear materials and activities - such as potential weapons development activities that may not involve nuclear material.
In a joint statement
released by Sens. Mark Kirk and Robert Menendez, Kirk said, "lawmakers must come together in a bipartisan manner now to create an insurance policy for imposing crippling pressure if and when Iran once again cheats on nuclear inspections as it has so many times in the past …"
Also this week, Iran's ambassador to Lebanon pledged that the Islamic nation
will pay thousands of dollars to the families of Palestinian terrorists killed in attacks against Israelis
, and an additional $30,000 if their home is demolished.
It also was reported that senior Hamas officials recently traveled to Tehran to meet with Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Al-Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iran's global terrorist network. Iran has supplied missiles and funding to the Palestinian terrorist group, enabling it to continue its attacks against Israel.
"This is further proof of Iran's continued support for anti-Israel terrorism and its destructive, hegemonic ambitions in the region," said Steven Dishler, assistant vice president of JUF's Jewish Community Relations Council.