UN chief calls JCPOA ‘Triumph of Diplomacy’

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers as a “triumph of diplomacy”.

“A year ago, the Security Council adopted resolution 2231 (2015), which endorsed the JCPOA agreed by the E3/EU +3 and Iran…the JCPOA was a triumph of diplomacy for the resolution and prevention of conflict and which also strengthened global non-proliferation norms. I applaud the dedication and determination shown on all sides,” Ban said on the occasion of the first anniversary of adoption of resolution 2231 in 2015 on Wednesday, UN.org reported.

Resolution 2231 calls upon Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

He added that the deal provided Iran with the opportunity for greater engagement with the international community.

“Resolution2231 (2015) heralded a fundamental shift in Iran’s relationship with the Security Council, and provided a defined time schedule for the removal of the Iran nuclear issue from the Council’s agenda,” the UN secretary general further said.

Ban also hailed the Islamic Republic for honoring its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying, “I urge JCPOA participants to uphold their respective commitments and Member States to support the full and effective implementation of this agreement. It is of the utmost importance that the JCPOA works for all its participants, including by delivering tangible benefits to the Iranian people.”

All nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran were terminated after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16.

Earlier this week, UN Political Affairs Chief Jeffrey Feltman confirmed that since the implementation of the nuclear agreement, the world body has not received any reports indicating Tehran’s deviation from Resolution 2231.

Iranian officials have time and again reiterated that none of the country’s missiles have been designed to be capable of carrying nuclear warheads, because nuclear weapons have basically no place in Iran’s defense doctrine.

By Tasnim News Agency