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Elders urge signatories to stay committed to JCPOA

Tehran, The Elders in a statement called for all signatories of Iran nuclear deal to comply with deal despite US unilateral pullout from the accord.

The Elders strongly condemned President Trump's decision today to withdraw the United States from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. They called on the other signatories to the deal � France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and the European Union -- to continue to do everything in their power to sustain its spirit and implementation, the statement reads.

The JCPOA was a hard-won diplomatic achievement and proof of what robust negotiations on the part of all those involved can achieve. I deeply regret President Trump's decision to withdraw, and urge all other signatories to renew their commitment to the deal and avoid a broader escalation of tensions across the Middle East, Chair of The Elders and the ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan was quoted as saying.

The Elders emphasized that after the JCPOA came into effect in January 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed Iran's implementation of its provisions.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement.

Trump also said he would reinstate the US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose the highest level of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

The Elders is an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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