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Update on Iran Nuclear Program

Content by: South-South News

3 July 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — United Nations and European Union officials reported to the Security Council on June 29 that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran is being fully implemented, while United States ambassador Nikki Haley expressed reservations about Iran’s commitment to the agreement.

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, told the Council that since Implementation Day - January 16, 2016 - the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “has issued seven reports documenting continued implementation by Iran of its nuclear related commitments.”

Feltman said Secretary-General António Guterres “believes that the comprehensive and sustained implementation of the JCPOA would guarantee that Iran’s nuclear program remains exclusively peaceful while allowing for transparency, monitoring, and verification.”

For his part, the Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Joao Vale de Almeida, said the JCPOA “is being properly implemented and is delivering on its objectives.”

Vale de Almeida said “the initial results are clear and speak for themselves: Iran's nuclear program has been rolled back and placed under tight inspections.”

At the same time, he said “as a consequence of the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions, we are witnessing improvements in Iran's macro-economic performance.”

Haley said “The Secretary-General’s report is filled with devastating evidence of the nature of the Iranian regime. In paragraph after paragraph, it documents the Iranian government’s actions in defiance of Resolution 2231: repeated ballistic missile launches, proven arms smuggling, illicit procurement of ballistic missile-related technology.”

Furthermore, Haley said “Iran’s destructive and destabilizing role in the Middle East goes far beyond its illicit missile launches. From Syria to Yemen and Iraq to Lebanon, Iran’s support for terrorist groups continues unabated.”


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