IAEA chief: Iran accord failure would be a ‘great loss’
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IAEA chief: Iran accord failure would be a ‘great loss’

Amano says Tehran 'implementing' its commitments under the nuke pact, marking a 'significant gain for verification'

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan at the IAEA board of governors meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, November 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan at the IAEA board of governors meeting at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, November 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA, Austria — The failure of the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program would be a “great loss,” the head of the UN’s atomic watchdog said Monday.

International Atomic Energy Agency director general Yukiya Amano said Iran was, as of today, “implementing its nuclear-related commitments” under the deal.

US President Donald Trump has been a harsh critic of what he calls the agreement’s “disastrous flaws.”

In January, he set a 120-day deadline for US lawmakers and European allies to “fix” the agreement or face a US withdrawal.

In a speech opening a meeting of the IAEA’s board of governors, Amano said the deal “represents a significant gain for verification” and that if it “were to fail, it would be a great loss for nuclear verification and for multilateralism.”

Last month, an IAEA report showed that Iran was continuing to abide by the deal’s key measures.

Amano said inspectors had had “access to all the sites and locations which we needed to visit.”

He added that the agency had requested “further clarifications” over notification that Iran gave the agency in January that it intended to construct “naval nuclear propulsion” at some point in the future.

Trump is concerned that parts of the deal start to expire from 2026, and that it fails to address Iran’s missile program, its regional activities, or its human rights abuses.

A US exit could kill the deal, which the Islamic republic has refused to renegotiate.

While Iran has reaped massive economic benefits from the accord, notably by being able to resume oil exports, it is still constrained by US sanctions in other areas.

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