‘JCPOA won’t sur­vive with­out sanc­tions re­moval’

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN — Behrooz Ka­mal­vandi, spokesman for the Atomic En­ergy Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Iran (AEOI), has said that it is not pos­si­ble to keep im­ple­ment­ing the 2015 nu­clear deal, of­fi­cially called the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA), with­out the re­moval of sanc­tions.

“The im­por­tant point is that the spirit of the JCPOA has been def­i­nitely vi­o­lated, and the CAATSA law [the Coun­ter­ing Amer­ica’s Ad­ver­saries Through Sanc­tions Act] and the U.S. sanc­tions prove this,” he told IRIB in an in­ter­view pub­lished on Mon­day.

In Au­gust, Trump signed into law one of the most wide-rang­ing sanc­tions mea­sures of the last five years, known as CAATSA, which tar­gets Iran, Rus­sia and North Korea with sanc­tions.

CAATSA ex­pands U.S. sanc­tions on Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram and en­hances the le­gal ba­sis for ex­ist­ing sanc­tions against the IRGC.

CAATSA has made it very dif­fi­cult for Iran to ex­pand its bank­ing re­la­tions with the world, said a mem­ber of Tehran’s Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Ka­mal­vandi also said the JCPOA Joint Com­mis­sion will hold a meet­ing on De­cem­ber 13.

“The main point [to be dis­cussed in the meet­ing] is eco­nomic, be­cause banks and ma­jor cor­po­ra­tions are afraid of es­tab­lish­ing eco­nomic in­ter­ac­tion with our coun­try un­der the in­flu­ence of the U.S. while it has been men­tioned in the JCPOA that no ac­tion should be taken that pre­vent the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran from en­joy­ing re­moval of sanc­tions,” he stated.

The nu­clear agree­ment was signed by Iran, the Euro­pean Union, Ger­many and the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil - the United States, Bri­tain, France, China and Rus­sia - in July 2015. It took ef­fect in Jan­uary 2016.

The U.S. un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is the only party which has made re­peated at­tacks against the nu­clear deal. In his new Iran strat­egy de­clared on Oc­to­ber 13, Pres­i­dent Trump de­cer­ti­fied the nu­clear deal and asked Congress to de­cide about the fate of the agree­ment.

The U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion has called for a rene­go­ti­a­tion of the nu­clear agree­ment, a re­quest ve­he­mently re­jected by all other par­ties.

The In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency, the United Na­tions’ nu­clear watch­dog, has is­sued nine regular re­ports each time con­firm­ing Iran’s ad­her­ence to the in­ter­na­tional deal.

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