TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi denounced recent moves by the new US administration that violate the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, known as the JCPOA, saying US President Donald Trump is trying to scrap the deal.

The US is trying to provoke the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to declare violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the part of the Islamic Republic, Salehi said on Monday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has written a letter to IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano warning him on the issue, he added.

Trump is seeking to get rid of the JCPOA, a deal that has become a role model for other countries, Salehi went on to say.

The nuclear chief further emphasized that Iran will never be the first party to violate the agreement, nor will it accept anything beyond the text of the JCPOA and the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s (NPT) Additional Protocol.

In a letter to Amano last week, Zarif complained that a Wednesday trip to the Austrian capital of Vienna by the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, was intended to sow doubt about the JCPOA.

“Even before the visit takes place, the way it is planned and publicized and the signal that it sends have notable detrimental consequences for the successful implementation of the JCPOA,” Zarif wrote in the letter.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14, 2015, reached a conclusion over the text of the JCPOA.

The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation has been hampered mainly due to US policies.