The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency today said its top inspector, Tero Varjoranta, has quit with immediate effect.
The Finnish-born official took the job in October 2013 and was also a deputy director general of IAEA, which, during his tenure, repeatedly asserted Iran's compliance with the landmark nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran has stuck to its commitment under the 2015 nuclear deal, the head of the UN's atomic watchdog said, a day after the United States withdrew from the worldwide agreement calling it "defective at its core".
Iran, as well as the remaining signatories of the pact, vowed to stick to its provisions pending future talks.
This was announced by the representative of the organization, writes DW.
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In his speech outlining the reasons for his move, Trump pointed to a presentation last week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as "definitive proof" that Iran had previously lied about pursuing an exclusively peaceful nuclear program.
Washington, on the other hand, immediately threw its support behind Netanyahu's PowerPoint presentation.
Despite US criticism that the accord does not go far enough in monitoring Iran's activities, the IAEA says the JCPOA has given it much wider access to Iran's nuclear facilities, pointing to the fact that its inspectors now spend 3,000 man days per year on the ground there.
Washington's five other partners in the deal have already taken turns to denounce Trump's attack on the multilateral Iran deal, vowing that they would stick to their commitments under the accord despite the U.S. withdrawal. The Iran deal is defective at its core. He will be replaced in an acting capacity by the head of the department's Iran team, the Vienna-based IAEA said. However, the appointment of Aparo, who has on-site experience in Iran, may turn out for the better. The US president added that another deal should be signed with Iran.
The Trump administration faced worldwide criticism this week for its decision to exit the agreement, while Iran has stated it will attempt to negotiate the continuation of the deal among the remaining global signatories.