Iran deal represents 'significant verification gain'

The official was referring to U.S. claims that Trump's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove the North to the negotiating table

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"The media outlet noted that Varjoranta's resignation comes just days after the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal".

The United States will not stop funding intense International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections in Iran, despite its pull-out from the nuclear deal with Tehran, a U.S. official says.

Nuclear verification under the deal had been the "most robust" in the world, according to the IAEA, involving hundreds of inspections inside Iran and continuous camera surveillance of 2,000 tamper-proof seals.

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Varjoranta, who had been in post since late 2013, has been replaced on a temporary basis by Massimo Aparo, the acting director of the Agency's Office for Verification in Iran.

The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), required Iran to open any site to the IAEA within 24 days at most.

The transfer comes simply days after U.S. President Donald Trump introduced the United States would withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord created to maintain Tehran's atomic weapons program in examine.

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The U.S. has repeatedly accused Iran of violating the spirit of the agreement secured in 2015 under the Obama administration, but the IAEA says it has no indications Iran has breached the agreement, the AP reported.

The other major powers involved in the deal - Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China - have promised to uphold the deal that has forced Iran to scale down its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano replied that his agency "can confirm that the nuclear-related commitments are being implemented in Iran".

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