Security Council resolution guarantees JCPOA implementation by next US president: Ex IAEA official

Tehran, June 7, The Iran Project– Olli Heinonen, the ex-deputy of atomic energy agency says nuclear deal in Security Council resolution requires the commitment of the next US president to JCPOA.

Speaking to a reporter Olli Heinonen, the Ex-deputy Director-General for Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency discussed the potential impact of the US president election on JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) implementation.

JCPOA is yet to be stabilized and the events in Iran or America prior to US election may affect process of  implementing JCPOA, he underlined.

Due to the domestic factors in Iran, the rapid economic growth is not expected and the foreign banks’ caution in trade relations with Iran also adds fuel to the fire, Heinonen reiterated.

Answering to the question that “Is there any difference between democratic or republican presidential nominees in implementing JCPOA or not?” he stated that “JCPOA is accepted in resolution 2231 of UN Security Council and it means the requirement of implementing JCPOA by any winner candidate.”

Elsewhere in his remarks the ex-deputy said: “it is true that the new president revise all of the main government’s policies and nuclear deal is not excluded from this revision.”

Although democrats and republicans have different approaches, both parties have similar attitudes towards nuclear non-proliferation, he concluded.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany started implementing the nuclear agreement clinched by the two sides, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on January 16.

Under the deal, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the Security Council and the US would be lifted. Iran has, in return, put some limitations on its nuclear activities. However, many large European banks still refrain from engaging in transactions with Iran for the fear of US penalties.