IAEA's Amano, Iran's nuclear chief hold talks in Tehran

Trevor Jackson
October 30, 2017

Head of United Nations Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano says Iran is carrying out its commitments made under a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

Under the terms of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, Tehran agreed to curb certain nuclear activities in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.

"We have built, are building and will continue to build missiles, and this violates no worldwide agreement", said Rouhani in a speech to parliament, according to Reuters. In exchange, the USA and other countries agreed to curb economic sanctions against Iran.

President Donald Trump already felt the country was in violation of the Iran nuclear deal.

"We are committed to the JCPOA as long as we can enjoy the benefits mentioned in the deal", Rouhani stressed. Amano also added that the JCPOA is a "significant gain for verification".

In a press conference with Salehi on Sunday, Amano again insisted that Tehran is living up to its commitments under the deal. So far the agency has released eight reports each time confirming Iran's adherence to the worldwide nuclear pact.

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Tehran views Trump's hostile rhetoric and the new USA sanctions as a violation of the nuclear deal.

Salehi said that Iran could resume uranium enrichment of 20% within four days if it wished.

Following the nuclear agreement between Iran and the major world powers in 2015, which was implemented in January 2016, Iran agreed to stop the enrichment of uranium to 20 percent level.

He described any call by the United States for renegotiating the agreement as "absurd".

"Part of the (Ballistic Missile Defence Review) is to try and figure out how much of a threat Iran is, and what more we may need to do beyond what we have right now", one Pentagon official with knowledge of the planning told Foreign Policy. If adopted this bill will impose new sanctions on individuals and entities contributing to the production of conventional weapons in Iran, including missiles.

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