UN chief urges US to stay committed to JCPOA

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Berlin, Germany - November 04: Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees of UNHCR, attends a press conference in german foreign office on November 04, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)

NEW YORK : The United Nations chief urged the United States to ‘maintain its commitments’ to the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

‘I encourage the United States to maintain its commitments to the plan and to consider the broader implications for the region before taking any further steps,’ Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a report he presented to the UN Security Council, a US media report said.

Referring to the JCPOA, Guterres said the international deal is ‘the best way’ to guarantee the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.

‘Similarly, I encourage the Islamic Republic of Iran to carefully consider the concerns raised by other participants in the plan,’ the CBS News quoted the UN chief as saying.

Guterres added that the US President Donald Trump’s Oct 13 approach against Iran created a ‘considerable uncertainty’ about the future of the nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers – US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Although the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly approved Iran’s commitment to the JCPOA signed in July 14, 2015, the US president decertified Iran’s compliance with the international deal in an address in October.

Trump’s approach has been criticized by many countries, international bodies, political communities and world media.

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in her reaction to the US move said that the JCPOA is the fruit of 12 years of diplomacy which plays significant role in preventing the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and maintaining security of the region.

Orignally published by NNI

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