U.N. Watchdog Chief Says Iran Still Complying with Nuclear Dealإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog director Yukiya Amano Thursday reaffirmed Tehran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal in a meeting with U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, the agency said.
It was the second meeting between Haley and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief -- with the first taking place in August during Haley's visit to the agency's headquarters in Vienna, where she called for more controls on Iran.
Since that trip, President Trump in October de-certified the Iran deal, and warned Washington may yet walk away from "one of the worst" agreements in history, leaving its fate in the hands of Congress.
In exchange for controls to prevent Tehran from developing an atom bomb, the deal's signatories agreed to gradually lift sanctions.
In a statement, the IAEA said Haley and Amano "discussed the IAEA's verification and monitoring of Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments" under the agreement with six global powers -- the U.S., Russia, China, France, the UK and Germany.
Amano also repeated his assessment that the agreement "represents a significant gain for nuclear verification," and that Iran's nuclear-related commitments "are being implemented."
The IAEA chief assured Haley the agency has "so far had access to all the locations it needed to visit" Iran, and will continue to work "in an impartial and factual manner."
Meanwhile, the U.S. mission to the U.N. expressed Haley's appreciation for the UN watchdog's "expertise and professionalism."
Haley vowed the U.S. would support the IAEA "in carrying out robust verification of nuclear-related activities in Iran" -- also stressing the importance of "full and transparent access for the IAEA" in Iran.
Amano is currently visiting the U.S., where he has spoken with members of Congress and will deliver a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Friday.