Sep 14, 2021, 1:04 PM
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IAEA to remain vigilant against spoilers of JCPOA: Pakistan daily

Islamabad, IRNA -- Pakistani newspaper terming the US a major cause of mistrust between Iran and the West over the nuclear deal urges the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to remain vigilant against spoilers of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Daily Dawn, in its editorial comments on Tuesday, said the mistrust developed into a wide gulf after the former US President Donald Trump's administration unilaterally withdrew from the meticulously crafted nuclear deal in 2018.

“Efforts had again picked up pace to revive the deal after new governments were formed in Washington and Tehran, yet as of now there appears to be a deadlock over the issue,” it said.

It added one small step in moving negotiations forward was taken when Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, arrived in Tehran on Saturday night, September 11.

During the visit, Iran and the IAEA agreed on surveillance cameras, technical issues and the continuation of nuclear talks.

“It is hoped that this cooperation is built on at the wider talks in Vienna and progress is made in reviving the JCPOA,” said the editorial.

The paper said it must be said that for the nuclear deal to be revived and for it to succeed, Iran needs to see tangible economic benefits. After the JCPOA was signed in 2015, there were wide expectations in Tehran that foreign investment would flow in, helping lift Iran’s economy.

“This did not materialise, as major foreign players were afraid of attracting America’s ire by trading with Iran and violating other US sanctions,” said Dawn.

It said with Joe Biden’s arrival in the White House, hopes for a revival of the JCPOA were strengthened, though the US and the deal’s other signatories would now have to convince the government led by Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran.

“To reiterate, there must be give and take in this scenario for the deal to succeed,” said the paper.

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