JCPOA joint commission meeting held in Vienna

Tasnim– A high-level meeting of the JCPOA joint commission, a group tasked with monitoring commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, was held in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Wednesday.

Representatives from Iran, the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) and the European Union gathered in Vienna to address various issues regarding the implementation of the nuclear deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi had earlier said that the joint commission meeting would focus on Iran’s commitments under the JCPOA, cooperation between the two sides, and efforts to remove anti-Tehran sanctions and banking problems hampering Iran’s foreign trade.

The meeting concluded after three hours and the delegations are planned to hold bilateral talks later in the afternoon.

Araqchi will also meet with Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano today.

The JCPOA joint commission holds a meeting every three months in Vienna to discuss latest developments regarding the JCPOA implantation.

The meeting comes as concerns have been growing in recent weeks that the US administration may unilaterally scrap the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1.

In a major confrontational stance against Iran on October 13, US President Donald Trump refused to certify the multilateral deal on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.

Speaking from the White House, Trump said he will choose not to certify that Tehran is complying with the agreement.

The JCPOA was reached in July 2015 and came into force in January 2016.

Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.