US Has Failed to Honour Its JCPOA Commitments: Velayati

Ali Akbar Velayati

A senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the US has failed to carry out its obligations under Iran’s nuclear deal with the group of world powers.

“The Americans have failed to fulfill their obligations, which were the removal of the [anti-Iran] sanctions and their effects, freedom of trade and scientific, technological, and business ties between Iran and Western countries,” said Ali Akbar Velayati on Saturday.

He stressed that the US was supposed to meet all these obligations after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal.

On February 26, the IAEA released its first regular report since the implementation of the JCPOA that verified Iran’s commitment to the nuclear agreement.

He further noted that the US’s failure to abide by its commitments has resulted in a rise in pessimism towards Washington in Iran and other regional countries.

Velayati also censured the other members of the P5+1 group of countries for their silence over the breach of agreement by the US. “We have to demand the reason for their silence on the Americans’ oath-breaking.”

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia — plus Germany started implementing 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.

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