UN chief urges to preserve JCPOA

UN chief urges to preserve JCPOA

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed the Iran nuclear deal as valuable part of peace and security, saying that it is important to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council titled 'Security in Middle East and North Africa' yesterday, he warned about threats of instability around Persian Gulf.

"That’s for the same reason that I support mediatory efforts of Kuwait to overcome differences among Arab states in the region," Guterres stressed.

“The JCPOA should remain as a valuable section of peace and security, irrespective of the discussions that are being made about Iran’s role in the region," IRNA cited him as saying.

On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal as, in his words, the agreement left Iran a possibility to create a nuclear bomb bypassing all the restrictions. He promised to reinstate the previous anti-Iranian sanctions and even impose tighter ones. 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated his country’s commitment to the deal, saying Teheran will continue to implement its liabilities. However, he added that the European Union should guarantee that Tehran’s benefits, agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), remain in place.

On June 22, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said that Tehran can withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the coming weeks.

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