UN political chief urges continued support for Iran nuclear deal

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Jeffrey Feltman. UN File Photo/Loey Felipe

The UN and the broader international community must continue to support the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal, the UN political chief has urged.

Jeffrey Feltman briefed members of the Security Council on Iran's compliance with the international accord which allows for cutbacks to its nuclear programme.

He shared the findings and recommendations regarding Iran's ballistic missile-related transfers and activities and arms-related transfers.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman began by welcoming the first anniversary of the "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The JCPOA was reached by the group of P5+1 nations and Iran to ensure that the latter's nuclear programme is peaceful.

The group includes the five permanent members of the Security Council—China, France, Russia, the UK and the US, plus Germany.

Mr Feltman said the deal was a good example of how multilateral diplomacy, political will and perseverance can resolve the most complex issue.

"It is imperative that its participants, the United Nations and the broader international community continue to support the full implementation of this historic multilateral agreement for its full duration. Its comprehensive and sustained implementation guarantees that Iran’s nuclear programme remains exclusively peaceful. It will help realize the long-awaited aspirations of the Iranian people to be reconnected to the global economy, and bring to a satisfactory conclusion the consideration of the Iranian nuclear issue by the Security Council."

Earlier this week, the UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, confirmed that Iran had removed all excess centrifuges and infrastructure from its Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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