Guterres demands that Iran fully implement the nuclear deal

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on Iran to fully implement its obligations under the nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and the “5 + 1” group.

This came at a press conference held by Stephen Dougrick, spokesman for the Secretary-General at the headquarters of the international organization in New York.

During the conference, Dougrick presented the Secretary-General’s position regarding the announcement by the leaders of Britain, France and Germany, earlier on Tuesday, that they would activate the dispute settlement mechanism included in the nuclear agreement with Iran, against the background of Tehran’s “failure” to honor its obligations under the agreement.

“We are aware of what was announced today, and Mr. Guterres has not changed his position on the agreement, and he demands that Tehran fully implement its obligations under this agreement,” Dougray told reporters.

And he added: “The agreement defines the responsibilities of the signatory parties, and the Secretary-General calls on all concerned to implement it fully.”

And the dispute settlement mechanism means that if one of the parties to the nuclear agreement believes that the other is not fulfilling its obligations, then he may resort to a number of steps to settle the problem, and if this is not possible, the matter may reach the file of the UN Security Council, and the possibility of re-imposing sanctions.

In May 2018, Washington withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the “5 + 1” group, which includes Russia, Britain, China, the United States, France and Germany, and imposed economic sanctions on Tehran.

The agreement provides for Tehran’s commitment to abandon, for a period of no less than 10 years, vital parts of its nuclear program, and restrict it significantly, with the aim of preventing it from acquiring the ability to develop nuclear weapons, in exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed on it.

On January 5, Iran announced the suspension of all its obligations under the nuclear agreement, against the background of the killing of the commander of the “Quds Force” Qassem Soleimani, in a US air strike in Iraq.

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