Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Pakistan laments Trump's withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

Pakistan laments Trump's withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

"As of today, the IAEA can confirm that the nuclear-related commitments are being implemented by Iran", IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said Wednesday.

The 2015 pact placed unprecedented restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from worldwide sanctions, but Trump has long railed against it, repeatedly calling it the "worst deal" he has ever seen.

US President Donald Trump earlier said on many occasions that the Iran deal was a bad deal, claiming that it had failed to prevent the possibility for Tehran to create its nuclear weapons and had only delayed it.

He previously said ditching the JCPOA would be "a great loss for nuclear verification and for multilateralism".

The IAEA has said repeatedly that according to the Agency's inspectors on the ground in Iran, no violations of the agreement had taken place, and there has been no evidence of any activity relating to any "nuclear explosive device", after 2009.

The IAEA statement went on to say that it will continue to monitor Iran's commitment to the deal despite United States withdrawal from the agreement, which has been endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Amano stated that the IAEA is also closely following developments related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"Our governments remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld, and will work with all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case including through ensuring the continuing economic benefits to the Iranian people that are linked to the agreement".

The IAEA is responsible for verifying and monitoring Iran's implementation of its nuclear commitments under the plan.

The JCPOA went into effect in January 2016.

Inside Iran, senior officials have joined voices to condemn Trump's attack against the JCPOA.

They, however, encouraged Iran to show restraint in response to the decision by the US, adding Iran must continue to meet its own obligations under the deal, cooperating fully and in a timely manner with IAEA inspection requirements.

Following the unilateral withdrawal of USA from JCPOA, under the pretext that the deal is "flawed" for not having considered Iran's regional role and missile program, many world leaders decried and condemned Trump's measure.

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