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Iran n-deal will make Egypt, region safer: Kerry

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Cairo: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the world powers would make Egypt and the region “safer than they otherwise would be”.

“We are completely grateful for Egypt’s support in the Iranian nuclear deal,” Xinhua quoted Kerry as saying at a press conference in Cairo.

“Iran is part of the instability in several countries in the region and the nuclear programme should be peaceful so we can discuss the future of security in the region.”

“But there is a fact, that if Iran is a problem, the nuclear weapons disarmament will improve security in the region,” he said, adding that Iran has chosen to abide by the deal.

Kerry will travel to Doha later on Sunday to meet his counterparts from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states.

He said that in case of Iranian violation of the deal, all choices will open in the future.

Experts said Kerry’s trip, which ends on August 8, came to assure the region, the Gulf countries in particular, over the expansion of the Iranian influence after the nuclear deal was signed on July 14.

On US-Egyptian ties, Kerry said the two countries were returning to a “stronger base” in their relationship despite tensions and concerns over human rights and democracy.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said at the joint news conference that his country has “no major disagreements with the United States but there are differences in points of view over some issues, which is natural”.

“During the dialogue, we discussed our shared interests in issues related to democracy and human rights, and I affirmed Egypt’s commitment to paying attention to these issues as they fulfill the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” Shukri said.

Kerry’s visit comes days after the US released its first delivery of F-16 warplanes to Egypt.

“The American people are committed to the security and economic well-being of the Egyptian people,” Kerry said.

(IANS)

 

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UN Nuclear Watchdog Claims, Iran Still Sticks on The Deal Terms

"Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing such access facilitates implementation of the Additional Protocol and enhances confidence," the report stated, referring to the procedure detailing safeguards and tools for verification.

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Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan, addresses the media during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 22, 2018. VOA

Iran is continuing to comply with the landmark 2015 deal with major powers aimed at preventing Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives despite the United States withdrawing from the pact and re-imposing sanctions, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Friday.

In a confidential quarterly report distributed to its member states and reviewed by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has been abiding with key limitations set in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

The U.S. pulled out of the deal in May and been pressuring remaining signatories to abandon it as well.

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The U.S. pulled out of the deal in May and been pressuring remaining signatories to abandon it as well. VOA

Every IAEA quarterly report issued since Washington withdrew reported Iran remained in compliance.

In its report, the Vienna-based agency said its inspectors still have access to all sites and locations in Iran they needed to visit.

“Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing such access facilitates implementation of the Additional Protocol and enhances confidence,” the report stated, referring to the procedure detailing safeguards and tools for verification.

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It noted that Iran’s stock of heavy water and low-enriched uranium continues to be under the limits set under the 2015 pact.

The other nations involved – Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China, as well as the European Union – have so far shown no inclination of abandoning the agreement. They instead have tried to provide Iran with enough economic incentives to make it work. (VOA)