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Russia stresses serious need for talks on JCPOA

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, May 22, IRNA -- Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia and senior nuclear negotiator says that there is a serious need for negotiations on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

'Russia wants to convene an immediate meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA,' Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Wednesday.

The Russian official stated, 'The recent actions of Iran are not in contrast to the JCPOA, but in any case, there is a need for the Joint Commission to hold a meeting to review the accumulated problems.'

He emphasized the necessity of holding the meeting, and said, 'We need to understand in these conditions what is to be done.'

'I understand the fact that the current measures of Iran are not violating the JCPOA and what has announced was Iran's decision to fulfill its voluntary commitments,' he went on to say.

However, there are other issues, including the launch of INSTEX mechanism and the parties must discuss the financial payments that could be used by the other countries. 'All these issues should be considered at the Joint Commission, there is enough time and should not be magnified,' Ryabkov said.

'All these issues should be considered at the Joint Commission, there is enough time and the issue should not be overstated,' Ryabkov said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the top Russian official highlighted that the United States is taking action on Iran, including in the Persian Gulf, and hoping that some may lose their nerves in this regard.

He said that the important thing is that situations should not be tense, and we are witnessing the United States and some of its allies in the Persian Gulf region do the same.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in a statement called for the arbitral commission on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to convene.

'The necessity to convene a session of the JCPOA Joint Commission is getting increasingly evident,' the statement reads.

It added, 'We expect that it will be appointed eventually so that the countries' participants in the agreements jointly determine the ways for normalizing the situation in the interests of guaranteeing that the JCPOA stays.'

Stressing the fact that Russia is watching the JCPOA development carefully, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it is very important that all measures taken by Iran are under the full control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and will make no problem regarding Iran's commitments in the framework of the JCPOA.

The Russian ministry emphasized the importance of keeping Iran nuclear deal, expressing hope for Iran to prevent stopping implementation of its JCPOA commitments.

Earlier, leaders of Russia, France and Germany in a phone call underlined preserving Iran nuclear deal.

In the meantime, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas decried the US escalation on Iran, saying Europe is counting on dialogue rather than rhetorical armament.

'The hard course of the US in the nuclear dispute with Iran is wrong. It remains incomprehensible to us that the US unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Tehran,' Maas was earlier cited by the German daily 'Passauer Neue Presse' (Saturday edition).

This is while, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified in 14 reports that Iran has complied with the 2015 nuclear deal despite the US withdrawal last year.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on May 8 that Iran will give a 60-day moratorium to the states parties to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to remedy their breaches and restore Iran's interests enshrined by the international deal.

Iranian Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) in a statement announced that Iran has stopped some of its commitments under the JCPOA as of May 8, 2019.

Over the past year and after the US illegal withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal and its breach of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the Islamic Republic of Iran has shown most of its self-restraint and has given considerable opportunity on requests made by other parties to JCPOA, the statement reads.

May 8 marks the first anniversary of the US unilateral withdrawal from the Iran Deal formally known as the JCPOA endorsed by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.


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