Iran nuclear accord failure would be ‘great loss’, IAEA chief says

International Atomic Energy Agency director general Yukiya Amano said Iran was ‘implementing its nuclear-related commitments’ under the deal. (AP)
Updated 05 March 2018
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Iran nuclear accord failure would be ‘great loss’, IAEA chief says

VIENNA: The failure of the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers to restrict Tehran’s nuclear program would be a “great loss,” the head of the UN’s atomic watchdog said Monday.
International Atomic Energy Agency director general Yukiya Amano said Iran was, as of today, “implementing its nuclear-related commitments” under the deal.
US President Donald Trump has been a harsh critic of what he calls the agreement’s “disastrous flaws.”
In January, he set a 120-day deadline for US lawmakers and European allies to “fix” the agreement or face a US withdrawal.
In a speech opening a meeting of the IAEA’s board of governors, Amano said the deal “represents a significant gain for verification” and that if it “were to fail, it would be a great loss for nuclear verification and for multilateralism.”
Last month an IAEA report showed that Iran was continuing to abide by the deal’s key measures.
Amano said inspectors had had “access to all the sites and locations which we needed to visit.”
He added that the agency had requested “further clarifications” over notification Iran gave the agency in January that it intended to construct “naval nuclear propulsion” at some point in the future.
Trump is concerned that parts of the deal start to expire from 2026 and that it fails to address Iran’s missile program, its regional activities or its human rights abuses.
A US exit could kill the deal, which the Islamic republic has refused to renegotiate.
While Iran has reaped massive economic benefits from the accord, notably by being able to resume oil exports, it is still constrained by US sanctions in other areas.


Labor complaints in Oman drop by 14 percent

Updated 16 min 9 sec ago
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Labor complaints in Oman drop by 14 percent

  • The trade union more than tripled its field inspections to companies
  • It received 479 complaints and cases in 2018 from 558 in 2017

DUBAI: Complaints involving breaches of labor laws in Oman dropped significantly in the last four years, the daily Times of Oman said.

According to the report, the General Federation of Oman Trade Union (GFOTU), established in 2014, received 479 complaints and cases in 2018 – a 14 percent decrease from 558 in 2017.

The drop could be associated with several factors, including the establishment of GFOTU, founded “to represent Oman’s workers before official authorities and local, regional and international forums.”

Another reason is the heightened inspection trips by the federation, which has more than tripled its field visits to companies from 32 in 2015 to 109 in 2018.

“It is important indeed to solve employee problems quickly, because we need a skilled workforce,” Nabhan Al-Batashi, chairman of GFOTU, said.