Ef­forts to save JCPOA

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The In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) 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 six world pow­ers – 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.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, how­ever, with­drew Wash­ing­ton in May from the land­mark agree­ment, and reim­posed 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, re­stored “tough­est” sanc­tions ever against Iran on Mon­day.

The IAEA has said that Iran has stayed within the lim­its set in the nu­clear deal on its en­riched ura­nium level, its stock of en­riched ura­nium and other items.

Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said on Satur­day that new US sanc­tions have had no ef­fect on Iran’s econ­omy. “The sanc­tions have had no im­pact on our econ­omy be­cause Amer­ica had al­ready used all the weapons at its dis­posal and there was noth­ing new to use against us,” Rouhani said in re­marks car­ried live on na­tional tele­vi­sion.

Ear­lier this week, the ad­min­is­tra­tion of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump un­leashed a sec­ond round of sanc­tions against Iran. The puni­tive mea­sures tar­geted 700 in­di­vid­u­als, banks, air­craft, ships and com­pa­nies tied to Iran’s en­ergy and fi­nan­cial in­dus­tries.

In May, Trump ex­ited Iran’s 2015 nu­clear deal with six pow­ers and Wash­ing­ton reim­posed a first round of sanc­tions on Iran in Au­gust which had been lifted un­der the ac­cord.

“They just is­sued a long list of banks, their branches ... and air­lines and their planes. And this shows that they are merely try­ing to af­fect the Ira­nian na­tion psy­cho­log­i­cally,” Rouhani said af­ter a meet­ing with the heads of the Par­lia­ment and the Ju­di­ciary.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had ear­lier vowed to re­duce Tehran’s oil rev­enue to zero, but it went back on its pledge and gave waivers to al­most all ma­jor cus­tomers of the coun­try.

“It has now be­come clear that Amer­ica can­not cut Iran’s oil ex­ports to zero,” Rouhani added.

“Ei­ther all [coun­tries] in the re­gion ex­port oil or if Iran’s oil ex­ports are to stop, oth­ers will be in trou­ble,” he said.

Rouhani also said the US seeks to ex­ert pres­sure on the Ira­nian peo­ple through im­pos­ing “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” sanc­tions.

He rejected Wash­ing­ton’s claim that it is not af­ter putting pres­sure on the Ira­nian na­tion, but rather on the Ira­nian gov­ern­ment and the Is­lamic estab­lish­ment.

The claim, Rouhani said, is “to­tally in­cor­rect and in­ac­cu­rate, and they (the Amer­i­can of­fi­cials) have them­selves ex­posed this fact.”

He fur­ther stressed that the Ira­nian peo­ple were al­ready stand­ing against US sanc­tions con­trary to what Wash­ing­ton ex­pected.

“The Ira­nian peo­ple have demon­strated their re­sis­tance and with­stand­ing and it is clear that the one who is think­ing about pres­sure and op­pres­sion against the peo­ple is the rul­ing US ad­min­is­tra­tion, not the other side,” Rouhani said.

“They are the ones who want to neg­a­tively af­fect peo­ple’s lives and their ev­ery­day liveli­hood through in­ap­pro­pri­ate and wrong sanc­tions,” he added.

Rouhani also said that the US had tar­geted the coun­try’s bank­ing sys­tem as well as its ex­ports of oil and other goods to hit the Is­lamic Repub­lic’s rev­enues and its im­port of ba­sic goods.

Reuters and Press TV con­trib­uted to this story.



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