News ID: 274499
Published: 0259 GMT September 21, 2020

Iran: JCPOA needs to be preserved despite US pullout

Iran: JCPOA needs to be preserved despite US pullout
REUTERS

The head of Iran’s nuclear agency said on Monday that the landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers on his country’s atomic program is struggling since the unilateral US withdrawal, but is still worth preserving.

“There is still a broad agreement among the international community that the JCPOA should be preserved,” Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told delegates at a conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, using the acronym of the Iran deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Salehi said the JCPOA has been “caught in a quasi-stalemate situation” since US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out in 2018, AP reported.

“There is no way to protect multilateralism other than ending America’s destructive behavior,” he said.

The deal promises Iran economic incentives in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. The remaining world powers in the deal — France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia — have been struggling to offset reimposed American sanctions.

Iran steadily rolled back parts of restrictions outlined in the deal on the amount of uranium it can enrich, the level of purity it can enrich it to, and other limitations a year after the US withdrawal in order to pressure those countries to do more.

“Preserving the JCPOA is the common responsibility of all members of the international community” Salehi said, speaking via videoconference.

He added that it’s of the “utmost importance” that the remaining parties to the deal find a solution to resolve “the difficulties caused by the illegal withdrawal of the US from the deal.”

Salehi said the European members of the JCPOA “must fully and effectively implement their obligations.”

“This agreement will be maintained only when its provisions are implemented in a balanced way by all parties involved.”

He also expressed Iran’s readiness to cooperate with the international community in order to bring diplomacy and multilateralism to the center of international relations.

 

 

   
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