Long-term funding crucial to monitoring nuclear agreement with Iran
Jan 20, Tehran: The head of the United Nations nuclear agency called for long-term predictable funding to monitor Iran’s agreement with the international community to never seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons.
UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano announced that that Iran had carried out all the preliminary requirements for the lifting of sanctions that the UN had imposed since it was revealed in 2003 that Iran had pursued various nuclear activities for 18 years in violation of its commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached in July between and Iran and a group of six countries – China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – the IAEA is entrusted with verifying and monitoring Iran’s commitments.
Iran said its activities were purely peaceful for energy production and medical purposes but several countries suspected it was seeking to produce nuclear weapons.
Implementation of the JCPOA marks the beginning of a new phase in relations between Iran and the IAEA. We have come a long way since the Agency first started considering the Iran nuclear issue in 2003. A lot of work has gone into getting us here. Equal effort will be required in the future to implement the JCPOA. The IAEA is fully committed to playing its part, he said.
The Oslo Times