United Nations top nuclear inspector Tero Varjoranta resigns

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Iran and the Cost of US Isolationism

The chief inspector of the global atomic energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear capabilities Tero Varjoranta resigned.

Varjoranta, who was in the role for nearly five years, will be replaced by Massimo Aparo, an Italian nuclear engineer.

The reason for the resignation of the expert, the representative of the IAEA did not name.

The IAEA Director General said the agency would be "closely following developments related to the JCPOA, as requested by the United Nations Security Council and authorized by the IAEA Board of Governors in 2015".

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Under the accord signed in Vienna with six world powers - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the US, Germany, and the European Union - Iran scaled back its uranium enrichment programme and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons.

Speaking the day after the United States withdrew from an worldwide agreement on Iran's nuclear programme, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency made it clear that Iran has consistently stuck to its commitments.

The IAEA is policing those restrictions and said on Wednesday, that Tehran has been meeting its nuclear commitments fully.

"I am proud to have played a small part in this work, particularly the extraordinary achievement of implementing the [deal] with Iran, which has clearly been successful in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon", Johnson said in an email to colleagues.

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