Mar 12, 2019, 2:09 PM
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US ex-officials urge Washington to go back to Iran Deal

Tehran, March 12, IRNA – More than 50 retired generals and diplomats, in a recent statement, have urged the United States to reenter the Iran nuclear deal and resume negotiations without any preconditions.

The statement, issued by the American College of National Security, said that the United States should rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and the permanent members of the Unites Nations Security Council plus Germany. In the deal, Iran accepted to limit its nuclear program to provide assurances that it would not develop weapons, and in return enjoy economic benefits suggested in the deal, including lifting all the nuclear-related sanctions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the US imposed on Tehran.

US President Donald Trump was among the opponents of the deal from before taking office. He repeatedly called it 'the worst' deal, and eventually when he took office, he pulled the US out of it in May 2018, which was fiercely criticized by the other signatories of the deal and other world leaders.

The statement wrote that Iran has been honoring the deal, which has been confirmed by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), fourteen times so far and went on to give reasons as why the US should return to the deal.

“Iran is complying with the agreement. In a recent report, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Iran’s compliance to the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the United States’ withdrawal from the deal and re-imposition of economic sanctions. Tehran’s continued adherence to the agreement demonstrates the Iranian government’s commitment to its initial pledge.' It wrote,

'Under the JCPOA regulations, Iran’s enterprise lacks the nuclear weapons-development activity necessary to produce a nuclear device and is subject to unprecedented international monitoring.'

It also said that the European allies of the US are 'firmly committed to the agreement,' and in a recent statement, the Council of the European Union expressed “resolute commitment to and continued support” for the Iran deal, which they consider “a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and an achievement of multilateral diplomacy.”

It wrote, 'Re-entry into the nuclear deal will contribute to establishing a broader US national strategy for the Middle East.'

'We must recall that the initial agreement was a strategic, long-term, high-stakes endeavor focused on one goal: preventing an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Reentering the agreement and lifting the sanctions will greatly enhance the United States’ ability to negotiate improvements and enable us to address our concerns with the existing agreement.'


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