Experts urge Biden to stop Trump’s failed JCPOA policy

TEHRAN, Jan. 15 (MNA) – A group of more than 70 former government officials and leading nuclear nonproliferation experts has urged US President-elect Joe Biden to return the US to compliance with its JCPOA obligations.

In a statement on Thursday, published in Arms Control Association, the experts write "We strongly urge the incoming Biden administration to end the Trump administration’s failed policy of JCPOA withdrawal that has resulted in Iran advancing its nuclear program and undermined global efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. We urge all JCPOA parties to meet their respective obligations under the terms of the agreement and all states to support full implementation of the accord.”

The experts group writes that "[f]ailure to return to compliance with the nuclear deal increases the likelihood that the JCPOA will collapse," and that there exists only "a short window of opportunity following inauguration day for coordinated diplomatic action to fully restore the JCPOA’s restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s breaches of the deal are concerning. They also appear to be calibrated responses designed to pressure the remaining JCPOA parties to meet their commitments to deliver on the sanctions relief agreed to in the accord."

The experts note that Iran's "uranium stockpile remains far below the pre-JCPOA levels, and Iran continues to cooperate with the more intrusive verification measures put in place by the accord. Almost all the violations reported to date are reversible."

"Restoration of the JCPOA’s nuclear restrictions and its economic benefits for Iran stands the best chance of blocking Iran’s potential pathways to nuclear weapons, providing incentive and encouragement not to do so, and creating space for further diplomacy,” the statement reads.

Signatories of the letter include former IAEA Director-General Hans Blix, two former special representatives to the president of the United States on nonproliferation, and several former high-level officials from the National Security Council, the National Intelligence Council, and the State Department, among other agencies.

Tehran stresses that its nuclear program is completely peaceful and that there is no intention to build a nuclear weapon as it has been banned by a Fatwa of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Iran reduced its commitments to the JCPOA in a transparent and reversible mood to create a balance in the deal, calling on other parties to safeguard its interest under the accord following the unilateral withdrawal of the US. 

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