Iran adhering to JCPOA despite U.S. sanctions: IAEA

Clay Curtis
November 13, 2018

The United Nations atomic watchdog says Iran continues to keep its side of the 2015 nuclear agreement, even as new US sanctions raise concerns about whether the deal can survive.

The UN atomic watchdog has issued a report confirming that Iran was following the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal.

The IAEA says the agency had access to all sites in Iran that it needed to visit and that inspectors confirmed Iran has kept within limits of heavy water and low-enriched uranium stockpiles.

President Donald Trump has dramatically increased pressure on Tehran, withdrawing from an worldwide agreement aimed at ending its nuclear programme and introducing several rounds of unilateral USA sanctions.

"Nothing that indicates that. cooperation from Iran or its attitude has changed since 5 November", read the report.

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The State Department did not say whether they viewed the base as a violation of any agreements with the United States. President Trump is still hoping to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

According to Iran's ICANA news agency, Larijani went on to criticize the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, especially in regard to the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.

The United States will step up enforcement of sanctions on Iran, national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday, as Tehran tries to find ways to evade the restrictions in oil trade and in banking, Reuters reports.

The other parties to the JCPOA have repeatedly announced that the deal is working and should stay in place.

For his part, Head of Iran's Foreign Policy Strategic Council Seyed Kamal Kharrazi pointed to the regional issue especially United States pullout from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and said, "under such circumstances, it is essential that Europe should live up to its commitments within JCPOA".

"The behavior of the U.S. president has caused problems not only for Iran, but also for Europeans, and has led to bewildering conditions at global level", Larijani said.

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