VIENNA, May 9. /TASS/. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can confirm that Iran is fully implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said on Wednesday.
"The IAEA is closely following developments related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As requested by the United Nations Security Council and authorised by the IAEA Board of Governors in 2015, the IAEA is verifying and monitoring Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA. Iran is subject to the world’s most robust nuclear verification regime under the JCPOA, which is a significant verification gain," Amano said.
"As of today, the IAEA can confirm that the nuclear-related commitments are being implemented by Iran," Amano stressed.
In July 2015, Iran, five UN Security Council permanent members (Russia, Great Britain, China, the US and France) and Germany reached a deal on settling Tehran’s nuclear problem. The JCPOA, which they drew up, stipulates lifting UN, US and EU sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program. In January 2016, it was announced that the parties concerned had started implementing the Iran nuclear deal, following which Washington lifted its restrictions.
US President Donald Trump earlier said on many occasions that the Iran deal was a bad deal, claiming that it had failed to prevent the possibility for Tehran to create its nuclear weapons and had only delayed it.
US President Trump announced on Tuesday that Washington decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal as it allegedly provides Iran with the possibilities of creating a nuclear bomb bypassing all restrictions currently in force under the agreement. The US president added that another deal should be signed with Iran.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint statement in the wake of the US president’s announcement calling on all the other parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to stay committed to their obligations under the agreement.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated his country’s commitment to the deal, saying Tehran would continue implementing its obligations under the JCPOA.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six international mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015.
On January 16, 2016, the parties to the deal announced the beginning of the agreement’s implementation. Under the deal, Iran undertakes to curb its nuclear activities and place them under control of the International Atomic Energy Agency in exchange of abandonment of the sanctions imposed previously by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the United States over its nuclear program.