News ID: 204894
Published: 0319 GMT November 24, 2017

Amano: IAEA has access to all sites it needs in Iran

Amano: IAEA has access to all sites it needs in Iran

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) once again confirmed Iran’s commitment to the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement with six world powers, saying it has access to all sites it needs to inspect.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano made the remarks in an introductory statement to a meeting of the agency's 35-nation Board of Governors in the Austrian capital on Thursday, Press TV wrote.

Amano said the IAEA “continues to verify and monitor Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA,” using the abbreviation for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as the deal is officially called.

“The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran are being implemented,” he added.

The IAEA chief also noted that the agency would continue the verification process regarding the non-diversion of nuclear material and the absence of undeclared activities in Iran.

“As of today, the agency has had access to all the locations that we needed to visit,” he said.

Amano further touched on his October 29 visit to Tehran, where he held talks with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and other government officials.

Amano said during the visit he had stressed the importance of full implementation by Iran of its commitments under the JCPOA.

The JCPOA was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — namely the US, Russia, China, France, and Britain plus Germany — in July 2015. Under the deal, Iran undertook to apply certain limits to its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.

Eight IAEA reports have so far confirmed Iran’s full commitment to its side of the bargain.

On October 13, US President Donald Trump refused to formally certify that the Islamic Republic was complying with the deal, warning that he might ultimately “terminate” it.

Trump further said he was directing his administration “to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws”.

The US Congress has until mid-December to decide whether to reimpose the economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the JCPOA.

 

   
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