Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

IAEA report confirms Iran's commitment to nuclear agreement

IAEA report confirms Iran's commitment to nuclear agreement

As part of this, the USA administration will likely demand that the final nuclear agreement include restrictions on Iran's regional expansion and its terrorist exports throughout the Middle East and the world, as well as limitations on its ballistic missile development program.

He called on the Europeans to issue a United Nations security council resolution condemning U.S. president Donald Trump's decision to leave the deal and Europe "must confront imposition of any sanctions on the Islamic Republic and stand firmly against USA sanctions".

As for the new president of the Petroleum Association of Japan (PAJ), Takashi Tsukioka, he said Japanese oil refiners will likely take a few months to decide policy on Iranian crude purchases in response to the United States sanctions. "I am trying my best to come to a conclusion", a senior Iranian official told reporters ahead of the talks.

Heather Nauert, a representative for the US State Department, expressed concern about the "grave conditions" facing the press in Iran back in March, following the release of a detailed report from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights. "I'm sorry to say that we haven't (seen) the Plan B yet. The Plan B has just started to be figured out", Reuters quoted the official as saying.

Washington has threatened not only to reimpose sanctions but to make them even tighter.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week called for the negotiation of a new deal that would go far beyond the single focus of the 2015 agreement and would have the status of a formal treaty - a suggestion Iran flatly rejects.

It remains to be seen what the Europeans would suggest to Iran, the top diplomat added, referring to the guarantees that the European Union (EU) should give Iran so that the country's interests are protected after the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA. "We'll try to cling to the deal hoping that there is a possibility of a transaction, but we're under no illusions".

Iran wants European powers to present it with measures by the end of May to compensate it for the US decision to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal, a senior official said on Friday, and Tehran would decide within weeks whether to quit the accord.

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The 2015 accord rests on lifting sanctions and allowing business with Iran in exchange for Teheran curbing its nuclear programme.

"Nowadays we should already know that a change of regime doesn't work", said Solana, who is chairman of the Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics at ESADE in Madrid.

Getting out of the Iran deal did not destroy trust in the USA government.

Iran has struggled to benefit from the accord so far, partly because of remaining unilateral USA sanctions that have deterred major Western investors from doing business with Tehran.

Some Western companies like French oil giant Total have already said they may have to quit Iran because of the USA move.

Mr Trump denounced the accord, completed under his predecessor Barack Obama, because it did not cover Iran's ballistic missile programme, its role in Middle East conflicts or what happens after the deal begins to expire in 2025.

Before today's talks, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei issued five demands to the EU-including Europe guaranteeing Iran's oil will be completely sold-that European leaders could find quite hard to meet. They have said that as long as Tehran meets its commitments, they would remain in the deal.

Over the course of the talks, Kerry gave in on virtually every point - not only giving Iran a path to a bomb, but also the financial clout to step up its support for Hezbollah and to build bases in Syria, from which it now threatens Israel.

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