New York

20 July 2016

Statement by the Secretary-General on the occasion of the first anniversary of adoption of resolution 2231 (2015)

A year ago, the Security Council adopted resolution 2231 (2015), which endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed by the E3/EU +3 and Iran. I congratulate the Security Council and JCPOA participants on the first anniversary of this historic achievement. The JCPOA was a triumph of diplomacy for the resolution and prevention of conflict and which also strengthened global non-proliferation norms. I applaud the dedication and determination shown on all sides.

Combined with a robust verification regime, the agreement ended one of the Security Council’s strictest sanctions regimes, and provided Iran with the opportunity for greater engagement with the international community.

Resolution 2231 (2015) heralded a fundamental shift in Iran’s relationship with the Security Council, and provided a defined time schedule for the removal of the Iran nuclear issue from the Council’s agenda.

I commend the Islamic Republic of Iran for implementing its nuclear-related commitments, as verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency. I also commend the steps taken by the European Union and the United States of America in accordance with their sanctions-related commitments under the JCPOA. I urge JCPOA participants to uphold their respective commitments and Member States to support the full and effective implementation of this agreement. It is of the utmost importance that the JCPOA works for all its participants, including by delivering tangible benefits to the Iranian people.

One year on, I remain certain that the JCPOA is the best way to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and to realise the great aspirations of the Iranian people.  I call for the JCPOA and resolution 2231 (2015) to be implemented in a comprehensive manner, based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, and which would facilitate greater cooperation to achieve international peace and security.