Salehi, Amano Discuss JCPOA Implementation

Salehi, Amano Discuss JCPOA ImplementationSalehi, Amano Discuss JCPOA Implementation

The nuclear chief met his UN counterpart on Thursday to review the progress made so far in the implementation of last July's nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

The accord clinched with P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) became effective on January 16 to give Iran sanctions relief in return for temporary curbs on its nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency had been tasked to investigate Iran's nuclear past.

A report presented by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to the agency's board of governors and the UN Security Council in December containing his final assessment of the issue, formally closed the dossier of Iran's past and present nuclear activities, heralding the arrival of the implementation day.

The Vienna-based agency has now undertaken to monitor and verify Tehran's compliance with the terms of the deal, formally referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

"The meeting was aimed at reviewing the measures taken under the action plan so far, three months after the implementation day," the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, told reporters in Vienna after talks with Amano, IRNA reported.

"Mr. Amano submitted a good report and we raised the issues that needed discussion."

Salehi said the consultations were largely focused on "technical and legal" aspects of the JCPOA, adding, "We have good relations with the agency and the work is proceeding smoothly."