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5 March 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted that “Iran’s intentional failure to declare… nuclear material, as reported by the IAEA this week, would constitute a clear violation of its safeguards agreements required by the NPT. The regime must immediately cooperate with the IAEA and fully comply with its IAEA safeguards obligations. All nations must hold Iran accountable to its commitments”. “Given Iran’s prior covert nuclear weapons program and ignominious record of duplicity, any undeclared nuclear material or activities in Iran is an extremely serious matter”, he added. Stating that he was “absolutely not” satisfied with European responses to Iran’s JCPOA breaches, Pompeo pointed to the October 2020 lifting of the UN arms embargo as a “fundamental failing” of the nuclear agreement and indicated that “we’re aiming to get that extended. We’re aiming to get it fixed… it is important not just for the U.S., but for the European countries as well”.

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