US, Russia denounce UN chief’s report on JCPOA

July 19, 2016 12:00 pm

Diplomats from Iran and the six
world powers pose for a photo following the conclusion of the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action in Vienna on July 14, 2015.

The
has criticized a report by the Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon on the implementation of an agreement reached
between Iran and the world powers.

On
July 7, Reuters quoted a confidential report by the secretary
general as saying that Iran’s ballistic missile launches “are not
consistent with the constructive spirit” of the JCPOA, further urging
Tehran, to “refrain from conducting such ballistic missile launches
since they have the potential to increase tensions in the region.”
Tehran
has on various occasions asserted that the issue of Iran’s defense
programs is clearly excluded from the nuclear agreement, known as the
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the
P5+1 group of countries on July 14, 2015.
The , and Iran have all slammed the report, saying it violates the spirit of the deal.
“The
United States disagrees strongly with elements of this report,
including that its content goes beyond the appropriate scope. We
understand that Iran also disagrees strongly with parts of the report,”
US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, told the council
Monday.

Power
(pictured above) added that, “while some have argued that to be
balanced, the report should give Iran a chance to express complaints
about sanctions relief under the deal,” the Security Council did not
require that Ban report on such issues.
Russian
Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin also told
a Security Council session on Monday that the report “is not fitting
the necessary business rhythm. The document is politically motivated and
goes far beyond the frames of factual summary of the course of the
implementation of Security Council Resolution 2231.”
“It can potentially work towards undermining the agreements reached,” Churkin (pictured below) noted. “Some
of the provisions of the Secretary-General’s report have no relation to
his mandate, nor to the terms of reference of (the UN) resolution or
the (nuclear deal).”

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi also dismissed the report as unbalanced and biased.
On
March 9, Iran successfully test-fired two ballistic missiles as part of
a military drill to assess its defense capabilities. The missiles
dubbed Qadr-H and Qadr-F were fired during a large-scale drill,
code-named Eqtedar-e-Velayat.
Resolution
2231 adopted on July 20, 2015 provides for the termination of the
provisions of previous Security Council resolutions on the Iranian
nuclear program and establishes specific restrictions that apply to all
states without exception.
The
resolution calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to
ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons,
including launches using such ballistic missile technology.
Iran, however, has repeatedly announced that the missile launches are not against the Security Council resolution.

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