"In my regular reports to the board I have stated that Iran is implementing those commitments," IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano stressed on Tuesday.
"Since January 2016, the Agency has been verifying and monitoring Iran's implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA," he added.
Amano further noted that IAEA inspectors have full access to all locations required to verify the deal's implementation.
Under the agreement, reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China— plus Germany) in 2015, Tehran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.
— International Atomic Energy Agency (@iaeaorg)
3 avril 2019
United States President Donald Trump, however, withdrew Washington from the landmark agreement last May and decided to re-impose what it described as the "toughest" sanctions ever against Tehran. The sanctions targeted Iran's banking and energy sectors with the aim of cutting off the country's oil sales and crucial exports.
Amano's remarks came as the U.S. special representative for Iran says Washington forgoes its search for additional foreign waivers to nations importing Iranian oil.
Despite Washington's measures, Iran has not left the deal, stressing that the remaining signatories to the agreement have to work to offset the negative impacts of the U.S. pullout for Iran if they want Tehran to remain committed to it. In the Inter Press Service (IPS) LobeLog, Paul R. Pillar, a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University and an associate fellow of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, explains, "Iran is making decisions within a larger context in which not Iran, but instead the United States under Trump, is the isolated actor. It is not just Iran but all the non-U.S. parties to the JCPOA that are committed to its preservation."
Remaining European signatories unveiled the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) earlier this year after spending months discussing possible mechanisms to guarantee continued trade and bypass the extraterritoriality of U.S. sanctions.
Germany, France and the U.K. have officially set up a European mechanism called INSTEX to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran in January, 2019.