UN watchdog: Iran remains within nuclear deal restrictions amid new US sanctions

UN watchdog: Iran remains within nuclear deal restrictions amid new US sanctions
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Iran has stayed within the limits set by the nuclear deal it reached in 2015, even as the United States has withdrawn from the deal, according to media reports.

Citing a confidential report it obtained, the Associated Press reported that the U.N. atomic watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found that Iran has stayed within the limits set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed to in 2015.

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The IAEA said it was able to access each of Iran's nuclear sites and verify that Iran has stayed within the limits set by the pact.

The nuclear deal was reached in 2015 between Iran and the U.S., Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China. As part of the agreement, those countries lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.

The U.S. announced its intention to leave the deal earlier this year, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE calling it “a horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.” The U.S. has since reimposed sanctions on Iran that had previously been lifted.

The other members of the deal have stayed on in an attempt to try and make the pact work.