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EU still complying with JCPOA

Tehran, One day after Washington's decision to end sanctions waivers on Iran oil imports, the European Union expressed regret over the US act by saying it will comply with its commitments under the nuclear deal.

'We regret yesterday's announcement by the US not to renew all waivers,' Spokesperson for the EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maja Kocijancic told reporters.

She added 'this further risks undermining the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

'We, as the European Union, will continue to abide by the JCPOA as long as Iran continues the full and effective implementation of its nuclearrelated commitments.'

On May 8, 2018, Trump withdrew from the JCPOA, which was condemned by other parties to the 2015 agreement.

Despite the fact that Washington had claimed to zero Iran oil exports, the US agreed to let eight countries, including China, Japan, India and South Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Greece keep buying Iranian oil after it reimposed sanctions on the OPEC producer on Nov. 5.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo once again in a unilateral and hostile act on Monday declared antiIran measure to lift sanctions waivers on buyers of Iran oil.

According to Western media, Pompeo claimed that the US had gained assurances from oil producers namely Saudi Arabia and the UAE to ensure a sufficient supply to minimize impact on pricing.

He added that sanctions waiver permission will be expired on May 1 and as a result this decision will be implemented on May 2 meaning that no permission will exist to extend these waivers.

This is while earlier, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) underlined the fact that Iran has complied with its commitments under the JCPOA.

Emphasizing the fact that the agency will continue to verify the nondiversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its NPT Safeguards Agreement, the IAEA chief said, 'The implementation in Iran of the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement, Additional Protocol, and additional transparency measures under the JCPOA amounts to the most robust verification system in existence any here in the world.'

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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