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US concedes again Iran’s compliance with JCPOA

Tehran, July 18, The US government has explicitly reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is adherent to the content of the landmark nuclear deal it had signed two years ago with the world six major powers.

The Trump administration told Congress for a second time Monday that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal and can keep enjoying sanctions relief, even as it insisted Tehran would face consequences for breaching 'the spirit' of the deal, Western media reported on Tuesday repeating the baseless claims of Iran's defying against the historic nuclear deal despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed that Tehran is completely to its obligations upon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Since it took office in January, the US administration has been acting in a way to challenge the historic nuclear deal between Iran and the world six major powers (Russia, Britain, US, France and China plus Germany) which was signed on July 14, 2015 in Vienna.

After more than two years of reaching the agreement, with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fully affirming Iran's compliance with its commitments to JCPOA, the US, particularly Trump's administration, has made several efforts to find a way to violate the agreement and withdraw from it.

The US efforts to challenge the JCPOA range from Trump's claim to rip up the nuclear deal during his presidential campaign to fixing the flaws of the deal while taking the office and later proposing new sanction to penalize Tehran for its missile program and other issues including human rights.

Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the entire administration judge that Iran is unquestionably in default of the spirit' of the agreement, the Associated Press claimed.

However, what has happened is that it is the US and not other sides of the landmark deal that is violating not only the spirit of the JCPOA but also the letter of it.

Referring to an example of US violations of the nuclear deal, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an interview with the National Interest, an American bimonthly international affairs magazine published by the Center for the National Interest, said that President Donald Trump used his presence in the G20 Meeting in Hamburg to dissuade leaders from other countries not to engage in business with Iran and that is a violation of not the spirit but the letter of JCPOA.

If it comes to a major violation, or what in the terms of the nuclear deal is called significant nonperformance, then Iran has other options available, including withdrawing from the deal, Zarif told Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest.

Since the time of signing the agreement with the world major powers, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been adhering to its commitments upon JCPOA and the whole world has seen the country's good will to this end.

Iran has implemented the deal faithfully, fully and completely but unfortunately we cannot make the same statement about the United States, Zarif stressed on July 16 while speaking to Farid Zakaria from the US news network, CNN, in New York where he attended the UN High Ranking Political Assembly.

When we negotiated the deal, we decided to make the IAEA the only accepted body to monitor the implementation of the nuclear side of the deal and the IAEA has on seven occasions verified Iran's full compliance under the deal, Zarif added.

'Iran is very serious about the nuclear deal and we believe that the deal can lay the foundations not the ceilings, he also said one day later during his address to the US Council on Foreign Relations.

The nuclear deal does not prevent Iran from continuing with its peaceful nuclear program and the deal is very clear and recognizes Iran's right to engage in enrichment for peaceful purposes, he said, adding that it is a realization that this is a knowledge had been acquired domestically and this cannot be taken away from Iran.

Iran is committed not to produce nuclear weapons, Zarif said at the Council on Foreign Relations regarding to Iran's commitment to JCPOA.

He further continued that even if the fuel ceilings are expired after the due time, the IAEA as the only authority to inspect nuclear-related issues never expires and Iran fully adheres to its commitments under the IAEA supervision.

Commenting to US accusations against Iran missile program and that Tehran is developing missiles that can carry nuclear warheads Zarif said, We do not design anything to carry something we do not have.

Our missiles are the means of our defense; we will never use them except in self defense.

The US administration has announced that they are reviewing their policies toward Iran and it is not clear that what stance they will adopt toward the JCPOA and even their willingness to have communication with Iranian officials is opaque.

We receive contradictory signals, from US Zarif said adding, We do not know which one to interpret in what way.

It is obvious that JCPOA is one the best agreement could have been reached and there could not been any alternatives.

Other world powers that signed the deal with Iran have not shown any interest in renegotiating it.

Putting under question the historic nuclear deal, the US administration is further isolating itself and leaving other world leaders unhappy since Trump has already withdrawn from the Paris global climate change accord. Moreover, the US big 'No' to Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty which was ratified and signed in the United Nations Headquarters by several different countries' envoys in IAEA brazenly indicates who is defying the spirit of peace and seeks instability in the world.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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