Iranian Spokesman Rejects UN Chief’s ‘Biased’ Report on JCPOA

Bahram Ghasemi- FM Spoksman

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi described United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s draft report about the July 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers (known as the JCPOA) as “biased”, saying it has been prepared under US pressure.

Qassemi on Monday rejected the report as “unbalanced and biased” and said it has been prepared under Washington’s pressure on the UN Secretariat.

“The allegations leveled against the Islamic Republic in the report are unfounded”, he said, adding that it runs counter to “the spirit and text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and even the UN resolution 2231”.

“The international community expects the UN secretary-general to clearly and explicitly mention the cases of failure of the US and some other members of the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) to fulfill their commitments under the JCPOA,” he stated.

Earlier this month, Reuters claimed it has seen a confidential report by the UN chief that says Iran’s ballistic missile launches “are not consistent with the constructive spirit” of the JCPOA.

Iran has made it clear that test of missiles is an issue relating to defense of its territorial integrity and that none of its missiles are designed to carry nuclear weapons.

The UN Security Council will reportedly discuss Ban’s report in a meeting later today.

While the JCPOA came into force in January, some Iranian officials have complain about the US failure to fully implement the accord.

Back in March, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Americans have yet to fulfill what they were supposed to do as per the nuclear deal.

Iran still has problems in its banking transactions or in restoring its frozen assets, because Western countries and those involved in such processes are afraid of Americans, the Leader said at the time, criticizing the US for its moves to prevent Iran from taking advantage of the sanctions removal.