Iran has right to partially suspend nuclear deal commitments: Lavrov
ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency
Tue / 14 May 2019 / 12:56
Tehran (ISNA) - Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said that Iran had the right to partially suspend its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Lavrov emphasized that the JCPOA contains clear provisions that imply that Iran made the commitments voluntarily and could halt them if other signatories to the deal fail to comply with the agreement.
Following a press conference with his Chinese counterpart, Russia's top diplomat noted that Beijing and Moscow are convinced that it is essential to maintain the agreement, and have agreed that Washington's unilateral sanctions against Iran are illegitimate and are aimed, in particular, at halting oil exports from the country.
"We also noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran remains committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but expects the same from our European colleagues, who also have to implement their part of the agreements", Lavrov stressed.
The foreign minister then expressed hope to have a "candid" conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the matter, and the Europeans would reaffirm their commitment to the nuclear deal despite Washington's pressure, according to Sputnik.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced last week that Tehran would scale back on some of its commitments and start increasing uranium enrichment levels after a 60-day period if the five remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal don't help the country "reach its benefits in the field of oil and banking" amid US sanctions.
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