UN Atomic Chief Says Iran Implementing Nuclear Commitments
31 October 2017, 12:31 | Isaac Mcdaniel
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The visitor showed interest in playing a more protagonist role in relation to the Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action or nuclear pact, especially after the statements by USA president, Donald Trump against the deal.
Trump has stopped short of withdrawing the United States from an worldwide accord signed with Iran in 2015, which seeks to ensure that Tehran would place limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of some sanctions.
Mr. Amano reiterated that the JCPOA represents a clear gain from a verification point of view, and stressed the importance of full implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments in order to make the JCPOA sustainable.
The Islamic Republic has promised that it will not renege on its side of the deal, in which the country promised to give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
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Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency, urged the IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano, to remain impartial with regard to upholding its landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was struck by global powers in 2015 and sees Tehran stop its nuclear programme for alleviating sanctions.
One of the chapters of the nuclear agreement states that Iran cannot enrich uranium to more than 3.67 percent and that surplus material must be delivered to third countries, in any case Russian Federation.
"So far, eight times, the IAEA has released reports that state that Iran has met its commitments fully", Salehi said. "But we don't want that", he said. At 20 percent, uranium can be used for nuclear medicines, but crucially leaves only a small amount of work to get to the 90-percent level needed for a nuclear weapon.
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