Iran ful­fills nu­clear deal com­mit­ments, IAEA chief says

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

IRAN ful­fills its com­mit­ments un­der the nu­clear deal with world pow­ers and U.N. in­spec­tors are fac­ing no prob­lems in their ver­i­fi­ca­tion ef­forts, the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) di­rec­tor-gen­eral said yes­ter­day.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said ear­lier this month that he would not con­tinue to cer­tify the multi­na­tional 2015 agree­ment, reached un­der his pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama, and warned that he might ul­ti­mately ter­mi­nate it.

Iran would aban­don the agree­ment if it were deemed not be serv­ing its na- tional in­ter­ests, Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said in re­ac­tion to Trump's de­ci­sion. But he also said, "No pres­i­dent can re­voke an in­ter­na­tional deal... [and] Iran will con­tinue to honor its com­mit­ments un­der the deal."

The other par­ties to the ac­cord - Bri­tain, Ger­many, France, Rus­sia, China and the Euro­pean Union have all reaf­firmed their com­mit­ment to it and urged the United States not to back out.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, whose in­spec­tors are tasked with mon­i­tor­ing com­pli­ance with the deal, re­it­er­ated that Iran was ad­her­ing to it. "The IAEA can state that such nu­clear-re­lated com­mit­ments are be­ing im­ple­mented," Amano told a news con­fer­ence in Abu Dhabi fol­low­ing a trip to Iran on Sun­day where he met with Rouhani and other of­fi­cials.

"I re­quested that Iran ... fully im­ple­ment the nu­clear-re­lated com­mit­ments. This [was] the main thrust of the meet­ing in Iran ... Re­gard­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of our in­spec­tors, they are dis­charg­ing their re­spon­si­bil­ity without prob­lem," he said.

Un­der the agree­ment, Iran un­der­took to restrict its nu­clear pro­gram to help en­sure it could not be put to de­vel­op­ing atomic bombs in ex­change for the lift­ing of trade and fi­nan­cial sanc­tions that had hob­bled its oil-based econ­omy.

Amano added that he had told Ira­nian of­fi­cials the nu­clear deal was a "sig­nif­i­cant gain for ver­i­fi­ca­tion." Speak­ing on the side­lines of an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on nu­clear power in the United Arab Emi­rates, Amano de­clined com­ment on U.S. pol­icy to­wards Iran and on Iran's ab­sence from the meet­ing, which draws to­gether IAEA mem­ber states.

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