The U.S. told the IAEA Board of Governors that Iran should “refrain from taking further steps beyond the JCPOA’s limits and to return to all of its JCPOA commitments, including by allowing the IAEA to have unimpeded access to sites and activities necessary to fulfill its monitoring and verification responsibilities under the JCPOA, and by fully implementing the Additional Protocol”. The U.S. statement went on to “urge Iran to join the U.S. in reaching and implementing an understanding for a mutual return to full compliance with the JCPOA”. Iran’s IAEA envoy subsequently maintained that “Iran [is] engaged seriously in JCPOA negotiations. It’s important that the outcome secures enough assurances that all sanctions are lifted in a verifiable manner and we do not face, once again, the crisis situation in which the U.S. withdraws from the deal or abuse mechanisms therein… It is yet to be observed whether the U.S. is serious enough”.
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