UN atomic agency chief affirmed Iran complying with nuclear deal

Vastavam web: The UN atomic agency chief today affirmed Iran’s commitment to a 2015 nuclear deal, in a statement that came as US President Donald Trump said Tehran was not living up to the “spirit” of the agreement.”I can state that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the (nuclear agreement) are being implemented,” International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said in prepared remarks during a conference in Rome.

It added that Iran “has not pursued the construction of the Arak reactor” which could give it weapons-grade plutonium and has not enriched uranium above low purity levels.The landmark deal was signed in July 2015 by Iran and five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States) plus Germany establishing controls to prevent Tehran from developing an atomic bomb.It is time to “invest in international cooperation” and “open new channels and not destroy the ones we already have,” she said by video conference.

Trump is a fierce critic of the 2015 accord, which he has called “the worst deal ever”, and he is expected to announce that he is “decertifying” Iran’s compliance with it.US officials insist this will not sink the deal itself but open the way for Congress to possibly develop new measures to punish other aspects of Iran’s behaviour.