UN Likely to Endorse JCPOA Next Week

UN Likely to Endorse JCPOA Next WeekUN Likely to Endorse JCPOA Next Week

The United Nations Security Council is likely to vote next week on a resolution to endorse the Iran nuclear deal and terminate targeted sanctions, diplomats said.

The United States was to circulate the draft resolution to the 15-member Security Council on Wednesday, UN diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity, Reuters reported.

Under a historic deal between Iran and major powers in Vienna on Tuesday, Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program for specified durations. In return, the United States, European Union and United Nations will lift sanctions on Iran.

Under the agreement, which is officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, any United Nations sanctions relief will be simultaneous with the International Atomic Energy Agency verifying "implementation of agreed nuclear-related measures by Iran."  

The UN Security Council resolution would terminate its seven previous resolutions on Iran, but under the Vienna deal it would leave a UN weapons embargo in place for five years and a ban on buying missile technology for eight years.

The five permanent veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France - were parties to the deal agreed with Iran in Vienna, along with Germany and the European Union.

The UN resolution to endorse the deal would also enshrine a mechanism for all Security Council sanctions to be automatically re-imposed if Iran breaches the deal.

IAEA reports have confirmed that Iran abided by all its commitments under the interim nuclear agreement Iran and the six nations had signed in Geneva in late 2013, paving the way for the breakthrough settlement.

According to the Vienna deal, the six world powers, Iran and the European Union will form a Joint Commission to handle any complaints about breaches. If the complaining state is not satisfied with how the commission addresses its concerns, it could then take its grievance to the UN Security Council.

The Security Council would then need to vote on a resolution to continue the lifting of sanctions on Iran.

If such a resolution has not been adopted within 30 days of the council receiving the complaint of a breach, then the sanctions contained in all previous UN resolutions would be re-imposed, unless the council decided otherwise.

If the nuclear deal is adhered to, all the provisions and measures of the UN resolution would terminate 10 years after its adoption and the Iran nuclear issue would be removed from the Security Council agenda.