Iran to Pursue US Lack of Commitment Toward JCPOA

Iran to Pursue US Lack of Commitment Toward JCPOA

Iran will convey grievances about the uncooperative US approach over the 2015 nuclear agreement in the upcoming quarterly review of the landmark accord, a nuclear negotiator said.
Under the pact, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, international sanctions on Tehran were eased in return for time-bound constraints on its nuclear program.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not accept any excuses from other JCPOA parties, particularly the US administration, to wriggle out of their obligations and it will pursue its complaints about the United States' lack of full commitment, foot-dragging and aggressive approach in the Joint Commission's meeting," Fars News Agency quoted Abbas Araqchi as saying on Saturday.
The commission, which comprises representatives from Iran and other parties to JCPOA, namely the US, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany, is tasked with monitoring the nuclear accord and addressing any dispute over its implementation. It will convene in Vienna on April 25.
US President Donald Trump is an outspoken critic of the agreement negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama and has called for its "full review".
While campaigning for the November 2015 presidential election, the hawkish Republican vowed a harsher stance over the nuclear deal if he won.
Barely two weeks into his presidency in early February, Trump issued an executive order banning nationals from several Muslim majority nations, including Iranians, from the United States.
That order and a revised version of it faced challenges in US state courts and are now on hold.
Despite the sanctions relief, Iran remains on the US State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism for its support of anti-Israel groups and is still subject to non-nuclear sanctions, including for alleged human rights abuses and for its backing of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.
Later in February, the Trump administration blacklisted eight organizations linked to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, as well as one of its officials based in Lebanon.
A month later, it imposed sanctions on 30 foreign companies or individuals for allegedly transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile program or for violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria.
The latest anti-Iran move came as recently as last Thursday when the US Treasury Department announced sanctions on Tehran's Prisons Organization and its former director general Sohrab Soleimani over alleged abuses in Iranian prisons.
Soleimani is the brother of the commander of IRGC's Qods Force, Qasem Soleimani.


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