JCPOA Still Intact Despite Hostile US Stance

JCPOA Still Intact Despite Hostile US StanceJCPOA Still Intact Despite Hostile US Stance

A lawmaker said the 2015 nuclear agreement with major powers has held so far, despite hostile measures by the US Congress and its new administration that are perceived as slowing the deal's full implementation.

"The parties to the JCPOA have certain commitments and if one side fails to meet its commitments, the other side can take reciprocal action," Massoud Goudarzi said in an interview with ICANA on Friday.

JCPOA stands for the official title of the pact, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which has been in place since January 2016 to roll back Tehran's nuclear work in exchange for the removal of international sanctions.

A bill titled "Iranian Government's Reciprocal Action on Implementation of JCPOA" was adopted by Iran's Parliament in October 2015 to endorse the action plan.

It requires the government to closely monitor the other side's commitments and, in the event of any breach, cease cooperation and move to increase nuclear activity back to pre-deal levels.

Asked to comment on criticisms leveled at the government for its failure to reciprocate anti-Iran US moves, the lawmaker said, "The reciprocal action law applies when JCPOA is violated. So far, we have not faced a breach by the other side."

Goudarzi noted that US measures have not violated the terms of the agreement.

US Republican lawmakers, who control the House of Representatives and Senate and unanimously opposed the historic agreement, introduced dozens of measures to interfere with its implementation.

On the campaign trail for November 2016 presidential elections, Donald Trump railed against the historic pact, vowing to either undo or renegotiate it. Other parties to the pact are opposed to both.

Shortly after Trump's inauguration as president last month, his administration announced it was putting Iran "on notice" over a ballistic missile test and then imposed new sanctions on entities and people allegedly linked to Tehran's missile program.


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