IAEA Chief: Nuclear Deal Still Fragile

IAEA Chief: Nuclear Deal Still FragileIAEA Chief: Nuclear Deal Still Fragile

The implementation of a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers is still fragile, the head of the UN agency that monitors Iran's side of the deal has said, warning that small mistakes could have grave consequences.

Iran and six major powers, including the United States, struck the agreement last year. It restricts Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

"The implementation of the agreement is still fragile," International Atomic Energy Agency chief, Yukiya Amano, said in an interview with the German news agency DPA published on Friday before a trip to Germany.

"Small technical mistakes, small failures in implementation can become big political issues that could have a large negative influence on the agreement."

Amano's agency has reported that Iran so far has stayed within the terms of the agreement. Those include limits on its stockpile of enriched uranium and the number of its centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, it has installed.

Iran has also complained that the United States is not keeping its side of the deal. It wants Washington to do more to encourage banks to do business with Iran. Many are wary that doing so would run afoul of US sanctions still in place.

The Republican candidate for US president, Donald Trump, has strongly criticized the deal, though he has also conceded that it would be hard to tear it up as he had previously said he would.

The United States claims it has done everything required by the agreement, which was also signed by Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, most of whom contradict the American claim.


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