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IAEA report shows Iran honoring JCPOA: Analyst

The Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is pictured during its first meeting at the level of Political Directors at Palais Cobourg in Vienna on October 19, 2015. ©AFP

Press TV has conducted an interview with Nader Bagherzadeh, a political commentator from Irvine, over the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report on Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal with the six world powers.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: This is the first IAEA report on Iran’s compliance to the nuclear deal after the JCPOA came into effect. What message does this report have for those against the deal between Iran and the P5+1?

Bagherzadeh: That they were wrong, that Iran did exactly what was supposed to do, there are not infractions on this agreement on the side of Iran, as you alluded to a few minutes ago all the agreement pieces are in place regarding centrifuges, [uranium enrichment], how many centrifuges actually are active that’s in the report...and heavy water has stalled operation.

So, I think this definitely shows for those naysayers that they were too quick to jump to conclusions or perhaps wanted this not to work out.

Press TV: And of course, Republican presidential hopefuls have threatened to annul the Iran deal as soon as they are elected into office. How probable do you see such a scenario and what consequences will it have for the United States?

Bagherzadeh: Unfortunately, some of the candidates, they may follow through with their promises, in particular Marco Rubio or perhaps even Cruz. I’m not sure, what would be the consequences globally, but certainly Iran would not accept that.

And I hope they would come to their senses if they become the next president of the United States and follow through with what this administration has done. But you never know, they have promised to tear it up the first day. Ted Cruz has said as such, actually last night he said it during his debate with the other Republican candidates.

It could be rhetorical and it could be related to election. One would hope so, but if they go through with it and they become the president it would not look good, especially not for Europeans that have put all the efforts into this and they’re moving forward with economic engagements and banking and so on and so forth.

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