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West Still Failing to Honor its Commitments in JCPOA

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The top Iranian nuclear official says the West is still failing to honor its commitments under last year’s nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers, warning that the violations could throw the deal into jeopardy.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi,

cautioned that the nuclear accord, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), may face harder times in the light of the US presidential campaign.

“There are hints to do away [with] or to rewrite the deal, and on the other hand, to unilaterally impose excessive oversighting and overcompliance to the point of Iran’s discouragement and ultimate submission,” he said.

“Our supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, once stated: ‘The Islamic republic will not primarily breach the deal,’ but at the same time, I do not overrule the threats that may endanger the deal," he added.

Elsewhere in his comments, the Iranian nuclear chief stressed that while Iran has fully met its obligations under the nuclear deal, the West is failing to keep its promises, notably regarding the the removing of sanctions, normalizing banking transactions, boosting trade and reinforcing economic ties.

“As has been stated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has remained committed to its commitments,” Salehi said. “While the other side … has not really delivered on the promises."

The nuclear agreement is in the interest of both the Islamic Republic and the West and it would be a pity if it is derailed, he further pointed out, adding that the two sides must abide by their commitments if the accord is to remain intact.

The Iranian nuclear chief said the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers could face tough days under the next US administration, which may seek to throw a wrench in the agreement’s implementation process.

“Regarding US presidential elections, we believe the JCPOA may have more difficult days ahead, and I do not rule out the possibility that the new US president may put its implementation at risk,” added Salehi, using an acronym for the nuclear deal called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Salehi further said commitment to the terms of the deal “is not a personal issue and the next US president should act based on international rules.”

Salehi further emphasized Iran’s commitment to the JCPOA, saying the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has, since January, released two reports to confirm that Iran is honoring its obligations under the accord. The UN nuclear agency is tasked with monitoring the deal’s implementation.

The Iranian official called on both sides of the deal to respect the JCPOA and said Tehran’s six partners must not escape their commitments, especially when it comes to the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.

The Iranian nuclear chief also said the Islamic Republic is ready to cooperate with regional countries on the development of nuclear energy.

The AEOI head added that the JCPOA has the endorsement of the UN Security Council, emphasizing that “it would be costly if the White House takes a different path” in the process of implementing the accord.

In that scenario, Tehran would “take calculated measures, and we would not give an emotional response. We are patient,” Salehi added.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said the Persian Gulf littoral states are interested in developing nuclear energy and expressed Tehran’s readiness to transfer its experience to them in this field.

He pointed to the AEOI’s increasing cooperation with international nuclear industry enterprises after the implementation of last year’s nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and invited firms interested in cooperation with Tehran to participate in the organization’s projects.

Salehi also said Iran plans to produce 20,000 megawatts of nuclear electricity and said, "Making investments on small 100-megawatt power plants are among Iran's priorities in this regard."

*Photo Credit: Press TV

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