Jun 1, 2019, 2:22 PM
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Pakistani officials say Iran fully abiding by JCPOA

Islamabad, June 1, IRNA -- Senior Pakistani officials associated with the country’s nuclear affairs have said that Islamic Republic of Iran is fully abiding by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

They were responding to a question by IRNA at Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI), an Islamabad-based policy think tank, which had organized an exclusive media interaction on strategic affairs. The topic of the event was 'Pakistan’s Nuclear Journey: 21 Years of Deterrence and Stability’. 

Director General of Arms Control and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Muhammad Kamran Akhtar said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) represented a very good model of settlement of a very complex issue through dialogue and diplomacy.

"We have seen successive International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports that Iran has been complying with this obligation so in this case we fully support Iran and fully feel that Iran has done nothing wrong and they are committed to implementing the JCPOA and the agreement should be upheld," he viewed. 

The official said it is unfortunate that the US has walked out of the JCPOA, but "we continue to encourage all sides to take actions which de-escalate the situation".
"We are not saying the JCPOA should be re-negotiated, but the dispute should be settled," stressed Mr Akhtar. 

Expressing his views, Director General of Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs, Strategic Plans Division Brigadier Zahir Kazmi said Iran has certain rights as being party to nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and it also has some obligations. 

He said that the JCOPA is not the only agreement that is being violated, adding, "We have the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between US and Russia which will end in this August."

The official said the latest trend in the world today is that states are seeking stability through arms developments and confrontation and the concept to settle conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy is becoming extinct.


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