Vienna: The UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday held a special meeting on Iran after the Islamic Republic announced its second breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers. It prompted criticism from the Iranian president, who said the focus should be firmly on US policies. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-nation board of governors held talks in Vienna at the request of the US, which abandoned the 2015 pact last year and began imposing strict sanctions on Tehran, diplomatic sources told Efe news.
The convening members are not expected to adopt any resolutions on this occasion, although they could agree on a joint statement calling on Tehran to backtrack on its decision to breach the deal and expand its nuclear programme, which it decided to do as a response to US sanctions. Germany, France, Britain and the European Union on Tuesday called on Iran to return to the full commitment of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Rouhani marked the anniversary of Trump’s decision by announcing that Iran would start to ignore some of the stipulations in the deal. (IANS)