ISJ Urges International Community to Enforce JCPOA “More Strictly”

Article published on Sept. 26, 2017
Article published on Sept. 26, 2017

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Iran’s destructive behavior in the region and pursuit of ballistic missiles have increased,” said the ISJ President Alejo Vidal-Quadras

The international community is abuzz with the latest developments between the United States and Iran. During the last few weeks, President Trump has spoken out at the UN General Assembly against the JCPOA, while various signatories with nuclear backgrounds sent him a letter encouraging the President to back out of the agreement altogether.

The International Committee “In Search of Justice” (ISJ), however, sees the JCPOA as an agreement that could impact the nuclear capabilities of the Iranian regime, if it was strictly enforced. One area they noted was that the agreement only covered select sites, and did not cover all possible nuclear activities.

Iran continues to deny inspectors access to conduct a thorough inspection, which is a matter of grave concern. When Iran argues that the JCPOA does not authorize such inspection, they do admit that the JCPOA lacks the proper provisions to relieve the international community of its genuine concerns about the regime nuclear program.

“It was found that Iran was engaged in some kind of activities to obtain nuclear weapons, but P5+1 decided to skip this point. Iran has a record of deceit over its secret nuclear program. For example, none of its activities were willingly disclosed. Finally, after the JCPOA, Iran’s destructive behavior in the region and pursuit of ballistic missiles have increased,” said the ISJ President Alejo Vidal-Quadras in a letter released with the latest ISJ report.

The report, entitled “Review of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons-Related Conduct”, discussed the possible military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program in the two years since the JCPOA was first implemented. In their report, the ISJ quoted remarks by Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, made on September 5, 2017.

“For decades, the Iranian military conducted a covert nuclear weapons program, undeclared and hidden from international inspectors. In 2002, Iranian dissidents revealed the existence of a uranium enrichment plant and heavy water reactor – both violations of Iran’s safeguards agreement with the IAEA,” said Haley.

The entire report reviews the activities of the Iranian regime, as well as their attempts to turn international attention away from their nuclear program by attacking the PMOI/MEK. However, these tactics are part of a larger effort to achieve their nuclear ambitions at the expense of the region and the Iranian people.

The ISJ was initially formed in 2008 as an informal group of EU parliamentarians to seek justice for the Iranian democratic opposition. In 2014, it was registered as a non-profit NGO in Brussels, thus expanding its membership. Its focus is promoting human rights, freedom, democracy, peace, and stability, with support on both sides of the Atlantic.