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Stop Trump’s mocking of JCPOA, Iran asks international community

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo has urged the international community to stop US President Donald Trump from mocking the nuclear deal, saying it undermines all non-proliferation regimes.

“The international community should not allow the US administration to continue to mock and undermine the JCPOA, that would, in turn, undermine the non-proliferation regime as a whole,” said Khoshroo (seen below) while addressing First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

His remarks came a few days after Trump refused to formally certify that Iran was complying with the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.

While Trump did not pull Washington out of the nuclear deal, he gave the US Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions against Tehran that were lifted under the pact. Reimposing sanctions would put the US at odds with other signatories to the accord and the European Union.

Khoshroo stressed that Trump’s actions will cause “the duration of agreements” to “shrink to the duration of administrations,” which will result in “withdrawal doctrine” becoming a leading factor in international relations.

Students on a school trip watch a man dressed as US President Donald Trump taking part in a protest calling for the Trump administration to continue diplomacy with Iran near the White House in Washington, DC on October 12, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Khoshroo also slammed Trump for falsely claiming that Iran has failed to respect the JCPOA,

“The US unilaterally and wrongly claims that Iran is not respecting the spirit of the JCPOA, and to save the spirit, it threatens to dismantle the deal entirely,” he said.

He went on to stress that that Iran would not be the first to abandon the deal, although it would stop implementing its commitments under the agreement if its rights and interests are disregarded.

“Iran will not be the first to withdraw from the JCPOA. However, if its rights and interests in the JCPOA are not respected, it will stop implementing all its commitments,” he said.

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