JCPOA A 'Significant Gain' for Nuclear Verification: IAEA Chief

JCPOA A 'Significant Gain' for Nuclear Verification: IAEA Chief

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a major achievement for nuclear verification.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am very happy to come to your country again. I am going to meet with Foreign Minister (Mohammad Javad) Zarif. And I am very happy that I had a meeting with vice president Salehi this morning,” Amano told reporters on Sunday during a joint press briefing with Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran.

“Since January 2016, the IAEA has been monitoring and verifying the nuclear-related commitments by Iran under the JCPOA. The IAEA believes that the JCPOA is a significant gain for (nuclear) verification. The IAEA can state that nuclear-related commitments made by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented,” he added.

“In today’s meeting with vice president Salehi, I stressed the importance of the full implementation of the commitments under the deal,” Amano went on to say.

Amano arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday evening to discuss a range of issues, including the implementation of the nuclear deal.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached the 159-page nuclear agreement in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.

Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings. 

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