Iran would abandon n-deal if new sanctions imposed: Army chief
Nov 01 2017
"It is very important to stick to the rules and I will continue to do so". If sanctions are reimposed under other pretexts, "Iran will definitely withdraw from the nuclear deal". "Nuclear power engineering will allow securing the growth of modern economy if countries are to fulfill the Paris Climate Agreement", he said.
Without this information, the United States can not fully determine "if Iran makes any effort to leave the JCPOA abruptly or gradually", according to the letter, which was also signed by Sens.Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), Mike Lee (R., Utah), John Barrasso (R., Wyo.), Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.), and several others.
Although Amano certainly opposes such measures, he has also signaled that he recognizes weaknesses in the deal.
In response to Trump's refusal to recertify Iran's compliance, other parties to the agreement have staunchly defended it.
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"The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran is implementing this plan, however, we can not say that it will be unveiled in one year", Kamalvandi said during a press conference. Asked at the same event about possible future USA actions on the nuclear deal, Amano withheld comment on that point as well.
The head of the United Nations atomic agency on Sunday said Iran was carrying out its commitments made under a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. It includes a ban on high-level uranium enrichment - 20 percent or more - that would take Iran close to the level needed for a nuclear weapon. The decision to skip an global conference on nuclear energy may reinforce some parties' doubts about Iran's true intentions. So the agreement will continue-unless Iran responds by quitting as well.
According to the press release issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), its Director General Yukiya Amano met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Vice-President and President of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, during a visit to the capital, Tehran.
The US Congress is now considering whether to re-impose sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program, but what it has already approved in recent months are sanctions against entities and individuals linked to Tehran's weapons programmes. The Senators want better inspections of military sites, to see if non-nuclear components of a nuclear bomb are being researched, and much more rapid access to remote sites so that research and nuclear materials don't have time to be hidden or moved. The agreement strict limits on Iran's nuclear program and by all accounts has worked as intended. The JCPOA's failure to address missile activities is another common point of criticism, but Iran would not accept the inclusion of that issue in the agreement.
As the New York Times reported, in response to this development over 90 prominent scientists sent a letter to leading members of Congress yesterday urging them to support the Iran Deal-making the case that continued U.S. participation will enhance United States security. Iran long has said its program is for peaceful purposes only.