IAEA acting head to travel to Iran Saturday

Tasnim – The acting head of the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will meet senior Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday, a spokesman for the IAEA said.

Director-General Cornel Feruta “will travel to Tehran on Saturday for meetings with high-level Iranian officials on Sunday,” the spokesman said on Friday.

“The visit is part of ongoing interactions between the IAEA and Iran.” This included “the IAEA’s verification and monitoring in Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” he added, Reuters reported.

The trip comes before a quarterly meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors next week.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), on Saturday announced details of the third round of cuts in nuclear commitments under the JCPOA, which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Wednesday.

The first phase started on May 8 and the second phase on July 7. Tehran has rowed back on its nuclear commitments twice in compliance with articles 26 and 36 of the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14, 2015, reached a conclusion over the text of the JCPOA.

The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation was hampered by the US policies and its eventual withdrawal from the deal.

On May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the nuclear accord.

Following the US withdrawal, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the deal.

However, the EU’s failure to ensure Iran’s economic interests forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments.

Iran maintains that all the measures are reversible, provided that the other parties fulfill their commitments.