The head of Iran’s atomic energy agency said during the 60th General Conference of the IAEA Monday that his country’s landmark nuclear deal with could be jeopardized by foot-dragging on sanctions relief, promised in exchange for Tehran’s commitment to curb key atomic activities. But a senior U.S. official said Washington is delivering on its commitments.
Iran complains that international financial sanctions are not being lifted quickly enough under the agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers that stipulates a removal of these and other penalties imposed over Tehran’s nuclear program. Tehran in turn agreed to limit atomic pursuits that could be used to make a bomb.
Nuclear agency chief Ali Akbar Salehi did not blame particular countries in comments to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference. But other Iranian officials have faulted the United States for perceived delays in lifting financial sanctions, and Salehi warned that the deal’s “durability” depended on the other side’s “reciprocal and full implementation.”
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araghchi stressed that the demand for nuclear disarmament has been steadily increasing over the years, he noted that the commitments related to the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons are not being implemented appropriately.
Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) regret over the failure of the P5+1 to fully honor its obligations under the JCPOA despite Iran implementing “all its JCPOA commitments, which was monitored and verified by the agency as well as continuing its close cooperation with the IAEA through voluntary effectuation of the Additional Protocol in accordance with the provisions of the JCPOA.”
He said: “However, expectations regarding comprehensive and expeditious removal of all sanctions, as stipulated in the JCPOA, have yet to be made,” Salehi said, adding, “Reciprocal and full implementation of the commitments by the E3/EU+3 (P5+1) is the crucial foundation of the JCPOA and the fundamental part of the agreement for its durability.”
But U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that if Iran was disappointed in the pace of sanctions-lifting, it was due to international caution about doing business with Tehran. (See the Video below).
“We have carried out fully our responsibilities beyond the letter of the agreement,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the U.N. nuclear meeting.
“But the international banking system, international business enterprises, are going to have to not only have clarity on where the lines are drawn on the sanctions but they’re going to have to have more business confidence, if you like, which is going to take obviously more time than Iran would like to see.”