UN nuclear watchdog anticipates US cooperation on Iranian nuclear deal

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano is confident in future cooperation with the U.S. on the Iranian nuclear agreement, after meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on 2 March to discuss the accord. President Donald Trump’s administration has yet to take a clear stance on the agreement, regardless of President Trump’s previous claims about the accord to be the “worst deal ever negotiated”.

The U.S. Secretary of State called for a full review of the deal, but there have been no official statements issued by either sides to clarify the content or participants of the meeting. However, Amano commented at a press conference of IAEA’s quarterly Board of Governors meeting on 6 March in Vienna, that Trump’s administration is new and looking at various issues, so it is too early for them to give an assessment of the deal.

According to the agreement between Tehran, the EU, Germany and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, economic sanctions on Iran were lifted in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear research activities and downsizing its atomic material stock. As a result, Iran’s oil production and export surged since the lifting of the sanctions in January 2016. Any revocation of the deal by the US would not impact the ability of international companies to do business in Iran.

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