Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Iran deal to 'fall apart' if Trump pulls out: Lavorv

Iran deal to 'fall apart' if Trump pulls out: Lavorv

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the importance of an global deal on Iran's nuclear issue on the second anniversary of the implementation of the agreement.

"The JCPOA constitutes a major achievement of nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy, and has contributed to regional and global peace and security", said the statement.

The Iran nuclear deal is on life support and on a trajectory for collapse, many policy experts believe, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's current continuation of sanctions relief.

On Friday, Trump extended waivers of economic sanctions on Iran for another 120 days but said he was doing so "for the last time".

"Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal".

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The secretary-general noted that United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has repeatedly confirmed that Iran is fulfilling its nuclear-related commitments under the deal, it said.

The day, known as "Implementation Day", occurred on 16 January 2016 when the Security Council received the report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirming that Iran has taken a series of nuclear-related actions specified in the JCPOA's annex.

Trump agreed to waive sanctions on the Islamic Republic in mid-January as part of the 2015 nuclear pact, but pledged that this time it was the country's "last chance", threatening a USA walkout.

"Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the awful flaws of the Iran nuclear deal", he said in a statement.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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