TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Iran's permanent representative to Vienna-based international organizations Kazem Gharib-Abadi made the remarks as he addressed a meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Wednesday. The meeting focused on the latest report by the IAEA chief on Iran’s compliance with the landmark nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He blamed the US’ withdrawal from the nuclear agreement for the challenges facing the deal.
While the root cause of the current situation is the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the deal and threatening countries, companies and banks who are willing to work with Iran with punishment, he said, “One shall not ignore the responsibility of the remaining parties. They should learn the necessary lessons and build upon the past experience to offset the damage incurred and level up again the ground for further continuation of the deal.”
Therefore, it is essential to restore the lost balance between the rights and responsibilities of all signatories, which are enshrined in the JCPOA, he added.
The future of the JCPOA has been in limbo since the US’ unilateral withdrawal from the accord in 2018 and Washington’s re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran.
Iran gradually reduced its commitments to the accord in retaliation for the US move, but stressed that the measures were reversible upon effective implementation of reciprocal obligations by the other parties.