All sides must comply with n-deal, Iranian envoy tell UN

United Nations, Dec 13 (IANS) Iran’s envoy to the United Nations Gholam-Ali Khoshroo has said that the nuclear deal between the country and five world powers would last only if all sides comply with their contractual obligations.

Khoshroo made the remark on Monday during a UN General Assembly meeting to discuss an annual report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN’s nuclear watchdog, Press TV reported on Tuesday.

IAEA’s chief Yukiya Amano submitted the report to the General Assembly, detailing its activities over the past year.

The IAEA was tasked to monitor the technical implementation of the Iran deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was struck between Iran and the US, Britain, Russia, France and China plus Germany in 2015.

“At a time when the Agency and all sides to the JCPOA have verified that Iran has fully lived up to its JCPOA obligations, other sides (too) are obligated to fulfil their commitments in a real sense,” Khoshroo said in his General Assembly address.

The US Congress recently voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act, extending the US President’s authority to impose potential sanctions on Iran for another 10 years.

In his speech on Monday, Khoshroo said the congressional vote was in contravention of US commitments under the 2015 deal.

Khoshroo earlier submitted an official letter of complaint about the US Congress vote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.