Tehran says U.S. must stop break­ing in­ter­na­tional law

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN – The Ira­nian am­bas­sador to the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) has said the Is­lamic Repub­lic ex­pects the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to force the U.S. to put an end to its prac­tice of vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional rights.

“It is ex­pected that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity does not al­low the US to con­tinue with its il­le­gal and uni­lat­eral mea­sures and to stop the coun­try’s prac­tice of vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional rights,” Kazem Gharib­abadi said on Wed­nes­day as he ad­dressed the Septem­ber meet­ing of the IAEA Board of Gov­er­nors.

He said that the lat­est re­port of IAEA Di- rec­tor Gen­eral Yukiya Amano that con­firmed Iran’s com­pli­ance with its com­mit­ments un­der the 2015 nu­clear deal with world pow­ers at­tested to “trans­parency” of the coun­try’s nu­clear pro­gram.

“While Iran has been co­op­er­at­ing with the IAEA ef­fec­tively and based on good­will, un­for­tu­nately we have not fully ben­e­fit­ted from the deal as we should have,” Gharib­abadi added, ac­cord­ing to msn.com.

Un­der the nu­clear deal, of­fi­cially called the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA), Iran agreed to scale back its nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties in ex­change for ter­mi­na­tion of eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial sanc­tions.

The en­voy said the U.S. “uni­lat­eral and il­le­gal exit from the nu­clear deal and its re-im­po­si­tion of uni­lat­eral and transna­tional sanc­tions that had been lifted af­ter the JCPOA con­clu­sion are the bla­tant vi­o­la­tions of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2231 and the JCPOA … in de­fi­ance of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.”

In ad­di­tion to vi­o­lat­ing the JCPOA, Gharib­abadi also hit out at the U.S. for threat­en­ing other coun­tries to ei­ther bow to Wash­ing­ton’s poli­cies or face puni­tive mea­sures.

He said the JCPOA could sur­vive if all par­ties to the deal fully and sin­cerely ful­filled their com­mit­ments, stress­ing “the re­main­ing mem­bers of the deal need to take prac­ti­cal and ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures to guar­an­tee Iran ben­e­fits from the deal.”

“Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2231 also urges all UN mem­bers and re­gional and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions to adopt mea­sures that are nec­es­sary to help im­ple­ment the nu­clear deal and to re­frain from tak­ing mea­sures that un­der­mine the im­ple­men­ta­tion of their obli­ga­tions un­der the JCPOA,” he stated.

By breach­ing its in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments and tak­ing il­le­gal and uni­lat­eral mea­sures, the U.S. gov­ern­ment not only tar­nishes the cred­i­bil­ity of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil but also un­der­mines its own image in the world, the Ira­nian diplo­mat con­cluded.

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