Pakistan says US decision to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal will undermine confidence in dialogue, diplomacy


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Reacting to US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the Foreign Office has said that arbitrarily rescinding such agreements will undermine confidence in the value of dialogue and diplomacy in the conduct of international relations and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

In a televised address on Tuesday, the US President Donald Trump announced to pull the United States out of a nuclear deal signed with Iran by the US along with five other World Powers in July 2015, aimed at to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program.

“Pakistan believes that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) represents a very good example of a negotiated settlement of complex issues through dialogue and diplomacy,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Wednesday.

“We had welcomed the JCPOA when it was concluded and hope that all parties will find a way for its continuation, especially when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly verified Iran’s compliance.”

The statement said that “We have noted the willingness of the parties to the agreement to work together on upholding their respective commitments as stipulated in the JCPOA despite US decision to withdraw from it.”

It further said that Pakistan believes that international treaties and agreements concluded through painstaking negotiations are sacrosanct.

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