Iran nuclear deal: AU expresses deep concern over USA withdrawal

Iran nuclear deal: AU expresses deep concern over USA withdrawal

Iran nuclear deal: AU expresses deep concern over USA withdrawal

Trump on Tuesday announced that the USA was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015 under which Tehran had agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in worldwide inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

He told Zarif that Japan will continue to support the Iran nuclear deal.

The 2015 deal, worked out by the United States, five other global powers and Iran, eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear programme.

The United States will not stop funding intense International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections in Iran, despite its pull-out from the nuclear deal with Tehran, a U.S. official says.

The IAEA Director General said the agency would be "closely following developments related to the JCPOA, as requested by the United Nations Security Council and authorized by the IAEA Board of Governors in 2015".

"Iran is subject to the world's most robust nuclear verification regime under the JCPOA, which is a significant verification gain".

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement shortly after the United States announcement, that he was "deeply concerned" by the decision, and called on the remaining parties to preserve the deal.

Pakistan also appreciated willingness of the other parties to the agreement to work together on upholding their respective commitments as stipulated in the JCPOA, despite United States decision to withdraw from it. "At this critical time of potential denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula, this unsafe signal risks eroding trust in multilateral processes and further damage the nuclear non-proliferation regime in particular". "Issues not directly related to the JCPOA should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments".

In a statement, President Hassan Rouhani said that he has asked the foreign ministry to negotiate with the European countries, China and Russian Federation.

The Pugwash leaders urge all parties involved to avoid further actions that may increase tension, particularly to a precarious Middle East.

The other parties are now looking into ways to salvage the agreement, with the foreign ministers of France, Britain and Germany due to meet Iranian representatives next Monday.

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