‘The goal of opponents is to undermine confidence and cooperation between Tehran and IAEA’

JCPOA ensuring Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful, says Russia

May 25, 2020 - 18:22

TEHRAN — The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, fulfils its task of making sure Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful, says Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations.

“The purpose of #JCPOA is to restore confidence in exclusively peaceful nature of nuclear program of #Iran,” Ulyanov tweeted on Monday.

“The deal fulfils this task,” he wrote. “No sign of military dimension was found. The goal of opponents is opposite- to undermine confidence and cooperation between Tehran and #IAEA.”

In an earlier tweet on Sunday, the Russian envoy wrote, “Opponents of #JCPOA call for a ‘renewed coalition of pressure on Tehran’. In their article in Newsweek, published on Sunday, they try to instruct #IAEA what it ‘must’ and ‘should’ do. IAEA is independent. It’s Board of Governors and Secretariat will decide for themselves on how to proceed.”

The Newsweek article that Ulyanov referred to, titled “The IAEA must report its latest findings on Iran's nuclear weapons program”, called for a renewed coalition of pressure on Tehran in order to “address the regime’s nuclear program from its roots.”

“World powers should make clear to Iran that it can no longer conceal its nuclear past and potentially its present—or swift international penalties will follow,” added the article written by Jacob Nagel, former acting national security advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Andrea Stricker, a research fellow at FDD.

This is while Iran tops the list of countries which accepted inspections of the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2019.

“Last year, the Islamic Republic received 21 percent of the entire visits that were made to various nuclear sites across the world by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA),” Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s ambassador to the Vienna-based international organizations, said earlier this month.

He was citing the IAEA’s 129-page 2019 Safeguards Implementation Report.

“The agency continued to verify and monitor the nuclear-related commitments of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” read the 129-page report prepared for diplomats that accounts for resources spent on enforcing the landmark 2015 agreement among world powers.

U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally quit the nuclear deal in May 2018 and introduced the harshest ever sanctions in history on Iran as part of his administration’s “maximum pressure” strategy against Iran.

Two years after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, the Trump administration is looking to extend a UN ban on conventional arms sales to and from Iran, a strategy designed to kill the deal for good.

In a May 9 statement marking the second anniversary of the Donald Trump administration’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to “exercise all diplomatic options” to extend the UN ban on conventional arms sales to and from Iran beyond its current expiry date on October 18.

In response to the move, Ulyanov tweeted last week that Annex B of resolution 2231 is a trap for the United States.

“If US is a #JCPOA participant, it cannot question current provisions on arms embargo,” he stated. “If Wash. tries to revise decisions on arms embargo, it becomes yet another (one of many) reasons to reject US ridiculous claims to be a participant.”

Resolution 2231 was adopted in July 2015 by the UN Security Council endorsing to the nuclear agreement. 

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