Com­pli­ance with Iran nu­clear agree­ment only way to end stand­off

Global Times US Edition - - FORUM - Page Ed­i­tor: wang­wen­[email protected]­al­times.com.cn

Iran an­nounced on Sun­day it is rais­ing the pu­rity of its en­riched ura­nium be­yond lim­its of the 2015 land­mark nu­clear deal, in re­sponse to US with­drawal from the ten­sion-de­fus­ing agree­ment and a slew of sanc­tions.

The fur­ther re­treat came only days af­ter Tehran sur­passed the limit of the low-grade en­riched ura­nium stock­pile un­der the deal Iran inked with Britain, Ger­many, France, China, Rus­sia and the US.

The White House has re­cently com­mented that Tehran is “play­ing with fire.” How­ever, it is clear to all that Wash­ing­ton started the fire by uni­lat­er­ally with­draw­ing from the deal and tight­en­ing anti-iran sanc­tions.

The sit­u­a­tion re­mained jit­tery and frag­ile amid a series of tit-for-tat mea­sures and ac­tions. As US sanc­tions on Iran have showed no sign of abat­ing, Tehran and Wash­ing­ton are locked in trad­ing barbs over the shoot­ing down of a US mil­i­tary drone. The seizure of an Ira­nian ship by the British navy in the Strait of Gi­bral­tar on Thurs­day adds more fuel to the fire.

To pre­vent the sit­u­a­tion from spi­ral­ing out of con­trol, fully and ef­fec­tively im­ple­ment­ing the Iran nu­clear deal is the only re­al­is­tic and ef­fec­tive way to ease the ten­sions and even­tu­ally solve the Iran nu­clear is­sue.

The Iran nu­clear deal is a mul­ti­lat­eral agree­ment en­dorsed by the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. It is an im­por­tant achieve­ment of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and is of crucial sig­nif­i­cance in safe­guard­ing in­ter­na­tional nu­clear non­pro­lif­er­a­tion regime and main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in the Mid­dle East.

The im­por­tance and ef­fec­tive­ness of the deal should be rec­og­nized. Wash­ing­ton should re­spect the fact that the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency has for 15 con­sec­u­tive times ver­i­fied Iran’s com­pli­ance with its nu­clear-re­lated com­mit­ments un­der the nu­clear deal.

The Iran nu­clear is­sue cov­ers a very im­por­tant area and in­volves the in­ter­ests of dif­fer­ent par­ties as well. There­fore, com­pli­ance with the 2015 nu­clear deal is critical to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the nu­clear non­pro­lif­er­a­tion regime, the pur­suit of nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment and the peace­ful use of nu­clear en­ergy. It is vi­tal to sta­bil­ity in the Mid­dle East and even the en­tire world.

To pre­vent a spi­ral of es­ca­la­tion and solve the is­sue, all par­ties to the nu­clear deal should take an over­all and longterm per­spec­tive, ex­er­cise the ut­most re­straint and make sure the full and ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the deal. The ar­ti­cle is a com­men­tary of the Xinhua News Agency. opin­[email protected]­al­times.com.cn

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