The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran has shown commitment to its end of the nuclear deal struck last year while visiting Tehran December 18.
Iran has complained about the US extending a sanctions package for another decade. The US says these sanctions are unrelated to the deal; Iran disagrees.
“We are satisfied with the implementation of the [nuclear agreement] and hope that this process will continue,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told the press in the Iranian capital, Reuters reports, citing the IRNA news agency.
“Iran has been committed to its engagement so far and this is important,” he said. Amano was in Tehran to meet head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi. After the White House said earlier this week that the sanctions bill would become law even without President Barack Obama’s signature, Iran requested a meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commission to discuss the situation and ordered its scientists to start developing nuclear systems to power ships. Salehi presented the maritime nuclear propulsion project to Amano and said the country would provide more details on it in three months, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). The initial outline did include what is so far the most controversial issue of the project: the level of uranium-enrichment powering the ships will require.
The US decision to extend 1979 sanctions against Iran for another 10 years violates the nuclear deal struck by Iran with international powers, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.
“The path that the US has taken in regard to Iran will lead to a considerable drop in international trust in the American government,” Rouhani was quoted as saying at a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano by Mehr news agency.
He stressed that it was highly significant for all parties to the deal to comply with their commitments, arguing that the US recent decision to prolong Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for another 10 years clearly violated the Iran nuclear deal.
On July 14, 2015, Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom plus Germany — signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ensuring the peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear program in return for the gradual sanctions relief. The US sanctions introduced against Tehran in 1979, however, were not mentioned in the document.
International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] chief Yukiya Amano announced on Monday that the watchdog “has taken the decision to send a group of observers to Tehran on April 15,” RIA Novosti reported.
The IAEA “welcomes the progress of talks in Iran’s nuclear program in the P5+1 format,” said Amano at Japan’s annual Atomic Industry Forum, a non-governmental organization on nuclear energy in Japan.
However, added Amano, the IAEA is not one of the parties to the negotiations, and as such “it is difficult to comment on their further progress.”
“The IAEA is a technical organisation, not a political one. Our job is to establish the facts, to the best of our ability,” said Amano in a previous announcement on March 23 at the 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference.
Amano remarked last month that IAEA inspectors are continuously on the ground in Iran and had been able to verify that the government had been meeting its commitments under the Joint Plan of Action agreed with the P5+1 in November 2013, when Iran and the IAEA also agreed a ‘Framework for Cooperation,’ to resolve outstanding issues.
On April 2 negotiations between the Iranian government and the P5+1 group of countries [the five permanent members of the Security Council, China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as Germany] reached a breakthrough political deal on Iran’s nuclear program that will see the lifting of sanctions against the Iranian economy, voted for by the UN Security Council in 2006.