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Foster, 61 House Members Launch Call To Fund IAEA Iranian Inspections

Dec 8, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Bill Foster (IL-11) sent a letter signed by 61 Members of Congress urging the House Appropriations Committee to ensure robust funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA is the organization tasked with verifying that states comply with their commitments under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and other non-proliferation agreements. The IAEA is responsible for ensuring successful implementation of the nuclear agreement negotiated with Iran earlier this year.

A copy of the letter is available here.

“Ensuring that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has sufficient funding is essential to the successful implementation of the Iranian nuclear agreement, and to our national security,” said Foster. “As we begin to develop and debate the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, we must ensure that the IAEA has the necessary funding to successfully carry out its duties.” 

On October 18, 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran was formally adopted and the process of implementation began. As a result of the continuing costs of implementing monitoring and verification under the JCPOA, Director-General Yukiya Amano stated that the agency would require an additional $10.6 million annually. Although this is a shared cost among all member states, Congress has a responsibility to ensure that the IAEA is set up for success.