Tuesday, December 13, 2016

US Trying to Evade Its Commitment Under JCPOA: Journalist
Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:3PM

Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Gholam-Ali Khoshroo has underlined that the multilateral nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group will last only if all sides to the deal comply with their commitments. Khoshroo has made the remarks in response to the US Congress’ vote for extension of a legislation known as the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), which seems to be contrary to the nuclear accord dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm, a journalist and political analyst from Tehran, told Press TV’s Top 5 that the United States is trying to dodge its obligations under the nuclear deal.

“Washington wants to escape its end of the bargain with the words that we hear from [US President-elect] Donald Trump that he has stated that he wants to renegotiate the deal. That’s not acceptable to Tehran,” Khoshcheshm said on Tuesday.

He added that “the United States has not complied with its undertakings with regard to the sanctions."

"They [Americans] have removed the sanctions in words only [but] in action, they are intimidating investors and capital holders. They have kept Iran away from ... the banking transactions. Also, they are intimidating capital holders and investors to keep away from Iran’s energy sector and also Iran’s infrastructure [projects],” he said.

The commentator opined that “this extension of sanctions [against Iran] is against paragraphs 26 of the JCPOA, [and] it is also against paragraphs 27, 28, 29 and many other [parts of the international agreement as well as] the spirit of this nuclear deal.”

This is while the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the European Union, US President Barack Obama and his administration have stressed that Iran has fully complied by its obligations under the nuclear deal, he asserted.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, Britain, France, China and Russia – plus Germany signed the JCPOA on July 14, 2015. It went into effect on January 16, 2016. Under the agreement, Iran accepted to put certain limits on its nuclear program in return for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions.

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