Iran remains compliant with 2015 nuclear deal: IAEA

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, Yukiya Amano arrives for a special meeting of the Joint Commission of parties to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) on Iran's nuclear deal at Coburg palace in Vienna, Austria on May 25, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again reaffirmed Iran's full compliance with its commitments under the 2015 landmark nuclear deal.

In a statement to the 73rd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said Iran “is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It is essential that Iran continues to fully implement those commitments.”

“The agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. Evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran continue,” Amano added.

Under the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries -- the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia-- in 2015, Iran agreed to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.

US President Donald Trump, however, withdrew Washington in May from the landmark agreement, and re-imposed unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

Other signatories to the JCPOA have slammed Washington's decision to abandon the agreement, which has also been endorsed by a UN Security Council resolution, saying they will work to keep the accord alive.

The Trump administration, however, announced the re-imposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran on Monday.

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at the United States for imposing "illegal and draconian" sanctions on Tehran, saying Washington would once again regret its "unwise measures."

The IAEA has said that Iran has stayed within the limits set in the nuclear deal on its enriched uranium level, its stock of enriched uranium and other items.

The UN nuclear agency said Tehran continued to provide it with the necessary access for inspections aimed at verifying Tehran's commitment to the nuclear deal.

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