Iran Re­mains Com­pli­ant With 2015 Nu­clear Deal

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VI­ENNA (Dis­patches) - The In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) has once again reaf­firmed Iran’s full com­pli­ance with its com­mit­ments un­der the 2015 land­mark nu­clear deal.

In a state­ment to the 73rd Reg­u­lar Ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly on Fri­day, IAEA Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Yukiya Amano said Iran “is im­ple­ment­ing its nu­clear-re­lated com­mit­ments un­der the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA). It is es­sen­tial that Iran con­tin­ues to fully im­ple­ment those com­mit­ments.”

“The agency con­tin­ues to ver­ify the non-di­ver­sion of nu­clear ma­te­rial de­clared by Iran un­der its Safe­guards Agree­ment. Eval­u­a­tions re­gard­ing the ab­sence of un­de­clared nu­clear ma­te­rial and ac­tiv­i­ties in Iran con­tinue,” Amano added.

Un­der the nu­clear deal reached be­tween Iran and the P5+1 group of coun­tries -- the United States, Bri­tain, France, Ger­many, China and Rus­sia-- in 2015, Iran agreed to put lim­its on its nu­clear pro­gram in ex­change for the re­moval of nu­clear-re­lated sanc­tions.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Donald Trump, how­ever, with­drew Wash­ing­ton in May from the land­mark agree­ment, and re-im­posed uni­lat­eral sanc­tions against Tehran.

Other sig­na­to­ries to the JCPOA have slammed Wash­ing­ton’s de­ci­sion to aban­don the agree­ment, which has also been en­dorsed by a UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion, say­ing they will work to keep the ac­cord alive.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, how­ever, an­nounced the re-im­po­si­tion of the “tough­est” sanc­tions ever against Iran on Mon­day.

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