UN nuclear weapons watchdog head to visit Iran

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano will head to Iran on Sunday amid the growing tensions between Tehran and Washington. During his trip, he will discuss the Iranian implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal with senior government officials in Tehran.
IAEA cheif Yukiya Amano and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Photo Credit: EPA

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano will visit Iran on Sunday in order to meet with senior government officials, Reuters reported on Wednesday. While in Tehran, Amano will discuss the Iranian implementation of the 2015 nuclear agreement amid Washington’s opposition toward the deal.

About two weeks ago, the tensions between Iran and America escalated when US President Donald Trump officially announced his decision not to certify that Iran is complying with the deal. “We cannot and will not make this certification,” he explained. “I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons.”

Trump also harshly criticized the Iranian regime, calling it “fanatical” and “radical.” Trump then said that the US stands in “total solidarity with the Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims: its own people.”

As reported by JOL yesterday, 300 people, including Iranian citizens, signed an open letter to Trump, expressing their support for his administration’s position toward Tehran. “Many Iranians see eye to eye with you and your administration about the necessity of curbing the criminally-oriented ambitions and activities of the apocalyptic regime,” they wrote. “Your administration’s insistence on the necessity of thoroughly reviewing the ill-advised nuclear deal as well as designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a ‘terrorist entity’ are highly justified.”

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