VIENNA Oct 7 The implementation of a landmark
nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers is still
fragile, the head of the U.N. agency that polices Iran's side of
the deal has said, warning that small mistakes could have grave
Iran and six major powers, including the United States,
struck the agreement last year. It restricts Tehran's nuclear
activities in exchange for the lifting of international
sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
"The implementation of the agreement is still fragile,"
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said in an
interview with the German news agency DPA published on Friday
before a trip to Germany.
"Small technical mistakes, small failures in implementation
can become big political issues that could have a large negative
influence on the agreement," he added.
Amano's agency has reported that Iran so far has stayed
within the terms of the agreement. Those include limits on its
stockpile of enriched uranium and the number of its centrifuges,
machines that enrich uranium, it has installed.
Iran has also complained that the United States is not
keeping its side of the deal. It wants Washington to do more to
encourage banks to do business with Iran. Many are wary that
doing so would run afoul of U.S. sanctions still in place
Earlier this week, the speaker of the Iranian parliament
cancelled talks with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel
intended to improve Germany's trade ties with Iran. The speaker,
Ali Larijani, gave no reason, but the cancellation came after
Gabriel urged Iran to pursue reforms and work for a cease fire
in Syria, where Tehran supports President Bashar al-Assad
The Republican candidate for U.S. president, Donald Trump,
has strongly criticised the deal, though he has also conceded
that it would be hard to tear it up as he had previously said he
The United States says it has done everything required by
the agreement, which was also signed by Russia, China, France,
Britain and Germany.
"There is little trust," Amano said, referring to the United
States and Iran.
(Reporting by Francois Murphy, editing by Larry King)