Guterres presented his ninth report on the implementation of Resolution 2231 on Iran's nuclear deal at a virtual Security Council meeting held on Tuesday focusing on the issue of non-proliferation, IRNA reported.
The report was read out by Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peace-building Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo during the video conference session.
Referring to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as an agreement which was “the outcome of 12 years of marathon talks and diplomacy”, the report said that Security Council Resolution 2231 “calls on all member states, regional and international organizations to support its implementation.”
It added that the plan “is regarded as the best way to ensure the peaceful nature of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program and to provide tangible economic benefits to the Iranian people.”
It further stated that it is imperative that this plan be continued for all participants.
The UN chief stressed in his report that issues that are not directly related to the program be pursued without any prejudgment in maintaining the agreement and its achievements.
Guterres further called on all member states to avoid provocative rhetoric which may adversely affect regional stability.
Referring to the US negative actions against JCPOA, he said those actions, contrary to the objectives set out in the plan and Resolution 2231, may impede Iran's ability to implement certain provisions of the JCPOA and Resolution 2231.
Elsewhere in the report, Guterres hailed the achievements of the INSTEX financial mechanism which has started its first trading process and said it is important that the initiative be continued and get full support in order to keep up trade and economic relations with Iran as a matter of urgency, especially in the face of the current economic and health problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
INSTEX, (the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges), is a European special-purpose vehicle (SPV) established in January 2019. Its mission is to facilitate non-USD and non-SWIFT transactions with Iran to avoid breaking US sanctions.