TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - During the meeting, Araqchi outlined Iran’s fundamental policies on the JCPOA and fulfilling the commitments to the deal, and stressed the sensitive role of the IAEA and its role to monitor professional and unbiased implementation of the nuclear deal.
He also slammed the new US administration for breaking its promises on the deal.
Amano, for his part, appreciated Iran’s good and satisfactory cooperation with the IAEA and fulfilling its commitments to the nuclear deal, expressing hope that all sides would comply with their commitments to the agreement.
Araqhi along with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-Ravanchi are in Vienna for the 8th JCPOA commission meeting.
US’s breaking the promises on the nuclear deal would be discussed in the meeting.
Bilateral meetings are scheduled between the Iranian delegation and other P5+1 teams attending the meeting.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany started implementing the JCPOA on January 16, 2016.
Under the agreement, limits were put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related bans against the Islamic Republic.
The UN Security Council later unanimously endorsed a resolution that effectively turned the JCPOA into international law.
However, US President Donald Trump has called the agreement “a very bad” deal. During his presidential campaign, he had even threatened to rip it up.
While working feverishly across the international community to tarnish Iran’s global image over the past two years, Washington has prevented the nuclear deal from fully yielding the intended results by refusing to offer international financial institutions the guarantees they need in order to restore transactions with the Islamic Republic.
The Trump administration has, since January, slapped three rounds of sanctions against Iran over its defensive missile program, which is not a breach of the 2015 deal.
Iran, the United Nations and the European Union have warned that the US could not unilaterally rescind the multilateral agreement. They regard the deal as a triumph for diplomacy and a major contributing factor to regional and international peace and stability.
In a Sunday interview with CNN, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that the US has been in violation of the JCPOA.
“For instance, when the White House made an announcement that President Trump used his presence in Hamburg during the G20 meeting in order to dissuade leaders from other countries from engaging in business with Iran, that is a violation of not [only] the spirit, [but also] of the letter of the JCPOA,” he noted.
“I believe the United States needs to bring itself into compliance with its part of the obligations under the deal.” Zarif said.