Iran: US not upholding 'spirit' of nuclear deal

A view of Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran

A view of Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested the U.S. to reconsider its policy towards the landmark nuclear deal. The Trump administration plans to certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear agreement.

"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) proved that followers of the policy of pressure have finally realized its inefficiency, therefore, the U.S. should also reconsider its approach towards the agreement", Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying in NY.

Under the terms of the deal, nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were lifted in exchange for assurances Tehran's nuclear program would remain peaceful.

Though officials cautioned that Trump could still change his mind, they said the administration was preparing to say Iran is indeed complying but that the certification does not prejudge the outcome of Trump's Iran policy review.

"The nuclear agreement is a multilateral and global contract achieved after years of dialogue and negotiation", said Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, late on Thursday.

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Iran denies seeking nuclear arms.

As a candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Trump was an outspoken critic of the deal but offered conflicting opinions on whether he would try to scrap it, modify it or keep it in place with more strenuous enforcement. Both global monitors and USA intelligence agencies believe that Iran is, in fact, in compliance with the agreement.

"The Treasury Department has final approval over these kinds of deals with Iran, and some members of the Trump administration hope that Secretary Steve Mnuchin will use this authority to scuttle those agreements".

The JCPOA was signed on July 14, 2015 between Iran and the Group 5+1 (US, Russia, Britain, France and China plus Germany).

"The global accord successfully blocked Iran's paths to a nuclear weapon and has greatly strengthened the security of the United States and our allies", the letter stated. In return, Tehran won relief from punishing global economic sanctions.

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