UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres spoke on Wednesday in support of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, noting Iran’s compliance with its obligations under the deal.
In a statement commemorating the second anniversary of the launch of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA), the head of the world organization stressed that the agreement should not be a victim of differences between Tehran and Western countries on other issues.
“The JCPA is an important achievement in the field of nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy that has contributed to regional and international peace and security. The Secretary-General remains convinced that the JCPA is the best way to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program and to provide the promised tangible economic benefit for the Iranian people,” said in a statement distributed by the office of Guterres.
It emphasizes that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “has repeatedly confirmed that Iran fulfills its obligations under the JCPA in the nuclear field.”
The Secretary General called for “resolving issues related to the implementation of the transaction through the mechanisms established in accordance with the agreement.”
“He believes that issues that are not directly related to the SVAP should be resolved without prejudice to maintaining the agreement and its achievements,” the communique notes.
Tehran and the “six” world powers (Russia, Britain, China, the United States, Germany and France) reached an agreement in 2015 on the settlement of the Iranian nuclear problem and adopted a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
It provides for the lifting of sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic in connection with its nuclear program by the UN Security Council, the United States and the European Union. In return, Tehran pledged to limit its nuclear activities, placing it under international control. The deal entered the implementation phase in January 2016.
Last week, US President Donald Trump said that the US would cease its participation in the SVAP, unless it was amended. Discontent of Washington is caused by Iran’s development of ballistic missiles, which is not prohibited by the agreement and the resolution 2231 adopted in its support, as well as Tehran’s policy in the region.
Despite this, Trump extended the lifting of sanctions against Iran, but, he said, this was done “only to conclude an agreement with the European allies in order to correct the terrible shortcomings of the Iranian nuclear deal.”