IAEA ex-chief warns over standoff between US, world over JCPOA

The former director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned over the US confrontation with other countries in the UN Security Council over the JCPOA.

Iran PressEurope: Following the international reactions to the US illegal act to practicing the snapback mechanism against Iran, the former chief of the IAEA also reacted in a tweet on Sunday.

Mohamed El-Baradei wrote that the unprecedented standoff in the UN Security Council between the US and the rest of the world under the JCPOA is highly dangerous.

"Regardless of policy positions on Iran, the rule of law must be upheld & the tenuous credibility of the Security Council must be preserved," he stressed.

In early August, the United States once again accused Iran of violating the nuclear deal and announced plans to restore UN sanctions on Tehran. On August 20, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo notified the United Nations that Washington was initiating the process to reinstate all UN sanctions on Iran. The US believes that the sanctions may come back into effect in 30 days.

Under the JCPOA, the state parties - Russia, the US, the UK, China, France, and Germany - can trigger a snapback mechanism to reimpose sanctions on Iran if Tehran violates the deal. Washington left the JCPOA in 2018.

Washington’s move came shortly after a US draft resolution on extending the arms embargo on Iran failed to get the required number of votes to be adopted by the UN Security Council.


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