Sep 18, 2018, 5:38 PM
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US violating international accord with Iran: Analyst

New York, Sept 18, IRNA – The authenticity of reports by international watchdog on Iran's commitment to its obligations under the nuclear deal cannot be questioned, a US analyst said, adding that Washington is violating the accord by re-imposing sanctions on Tehran.

Referring to the several reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirming Iran's commitment to the nuclear deal, the US analyst Ryan Costello said, 'There is no reason to doubt the authenticity of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report indicating that Iran is complying with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).'

'On the contrary, it is the United States that has massively violated the accord by snapping back its nuclear-related sanctions that were supposed to be waived and ultimately lifted,' he said in a recent interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Commenting on the upcoming meeting of the UN Security Council on Iran that will be headed by the United States, the analyst said that he expected the focus would be on Iran's missile program, support for Syria and Yemen, and human rights issues.

'Russia and China will view the meeting as an opportunity to raise America’s unilateral violation of an agreement endorsed by the UN Security Council,' said Castello who is the assistant policy director of the National Iranian American Council.

'If Iran sends a representative it would have the opportunity to make its own case and flag that it continues to implement the accord in good faith in spite of the snapback of sanctions,' he said.

However, he doubted that many other nations – including those in Europe – will criticize the US for its shortcomings, as they do not 'risk incurring Trump's wrath'.

As to the US unilateralist policy, including its withdrawal from Iran's Deal, he said, 'Trump is doing tremendous damage to American credibility and institutions that have protected the US geopolitical order.'

'At minimum I expect longstanding US allies to chart a more independent course and try to find ways to prevent major powers from sabotaging international agreements and institutions,' he said.

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