Cuba Praises Iran’s Work, Rejects USA Stance at IAEA

Vienna, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuba praised today Iran’s commitment to implement the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCAP) on the peaceful use of nuclear energy and rejected the United States decision to withdraw from the agreement.

Ambassador Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios, permanent Cuban representative before the United Nations Office in Vienna and the International Organizations based in Austria, intervened before the Board of Governors of the International Nuclear Energy Agency (IAEA).

In the discussion of the item ‘Verification and monitoring of the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of resolution 2231 (2015) of the UN Security Council ‘ he recalled that the JCAP was possible after long years of contacts and negotiations between the so-called six powers and Iran and ended an unjustified dispute.

He highlighted the progress of Tehran since then in its compliance and the systematic nature of the work of the IAEA in its verification and monitoring to certify that the nation honors the agreement.

In the face of that evidence, he remarked that the US government decision to withdraw from the JCAP constitutes an unjustified and unilateral decision, which has no basis in the reality of the facts and the basis of the plan.

He said that the Paris Agreement on Climate until the abandonment of the JCAP, the destruction of multilateral negotiation frameworks seems to be the path chosen by the administration of Washington.

‘Cuba expresses its profound rejection of the decision of the United States government to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCAP) or Nuclear Agreement with Iran, and to reimpose sanctions on this country,’ Fernandez Palacios said before the governors’ forum.

Cuba also opposes and strongly rejects the application of unilateral coercive economic measures against any country and recognizes the legitimate right of all States to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, without any discrimination.

Fernández Palacios called on the United Nations Security Council to fulfill the responsibility conferred on it by the UN Charter in the maintenance of international peace and security, demanding compliance with its resolution 2231 (2015) on the Iranian nuclear issue, approved unanimously in that body.

He reiterated his country’s support for the early establishment of a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone and other Weapons of Extermination in the Middle East, which would represent an essential contribution to the peace and security of all the peoples of that region.

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