MP Explains Implications of US-IAEA Talks for JCPOA

MP Explains Implications of US-IAEA Talks for JCPOA

A member of parliament underlined the significant implications of recent consultations between the officials of the new US administration and the UN nuclear chief, Yukiya Amano, for the future of the 2015 nuclear deal.
"The JCPOA was the result of a collective effort, with [the International Atomic Energy] Agency playing a pivotal role. [The IAEA] can help ease the concerns of new US administration over [Iran's] nuclear issue," Jalil Rahimi also said in an interview with ICANA on Tuesday.
He called the deal by its official title, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  
IAEA is in charge of monitoring Iran's nuclear activities under the agreement negotiated with major powers to lift international sanctions in return.
The new US president, Donald Trump, has called it "the worst deal ever negotiated" and said he wants to "police that contract so tough [the Iranians] don't have a chance".
Rahimi said Trump has no choice but to honor the UN-endorsed deal endorsed by all US partners involved in the nuclear negotiations that led to the deal.
However, the lawmaker said, in order to publicly renounce his electoral promise of seeking a revision of the accord, he has to first sway public opinion in favor of that decision.
In fact, he has already harmed his supporters' confidence by backing down on a vow to tear up the pact.
"The Trump administration has no option but to continue on the implementation path of the action plan, designed by the [previous] US government and those of other world powers, but first it needs to satisfy the mainstream public opinion that supported [Trump] during the elections," he said.
Amano met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington last Thursday.
During his confirmation hearing, Tillerson had called for a "full review" of the deal, which extends the time Iran would need to produce a nuclear weapon if it chose to, an objective Tehran says it has never pursued.
This has been verified by the IAEA.
Amano's remarks on Monday, the first day of a quarterly meeting of the IAEA's Board of Governors, were the first indication of how the talks in Washington had gone, though he did not provide specific details on what Tillerson told him.
"The new administration of the United States just started and they are looking at various issues—not just this issue but many other issues so it is very early for them to give their assessment," Amano said.
The UN atomic chief also said he was confident following the visit to Washington of "very good cooperation" with the United States on Iran's nuclear deal, despite Trump's hawkish comments.
"I am confident that we can have very good cooperation with the United States in future," he said.


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