Russia to insist on restoring JCPOA in full: Lavrov

November 13, 2021 - 21:22

TEHRAN - Russia will insist on the resumption of full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program and on lifting sanctions off Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

"On November 29, it is planned to resume talks of the signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on settling the situation around the Iranian nuclear program. We will insist on implementing the agreements reached under this document in 2015, on their full implementation," TASS quoted Lavrov as saying.

"It means that the United States should resume the implementation of its commitments, including lift all the sanctions imposed in the context of the JCPOA," Lavrov stressed.

According to the top Russian diplomat, the Iran nuclear deal was among the topics discussed in Paris during the 2+2 meeting between Russian and French defense and foreign ministers. "Here, we have prospects for more constructive cooperation," he added.

The Joint Commission of the JCPOA) has had six offline meetings in Vienna since April to find ways to restore the nuclear deal in its original form. The sides discuss prospects for the United States’ possible return to the deal, steps needed to ensure full compliance with the deal’s terms by Iran, and issues of lifting the anti-Iranian sanctions.

The JCPOA, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, was signed between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (Russia, the United Kingdom, China, the United States and France) and Germany in 2015. Under the deal, Iran undertook to curb its nuclear activities and place them under total control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange of termination of economic and financial sanctions imposed previously by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the United States over its nuclear program.

The future of the deal was called in question after the United States’ unilateral pullout in May 2018 and Washington’s unilateral oil export sanctions against Teheran. Iran argued that all other participants, Europeans in the first place, were ignoring some of their own obligations in the economic sphere, thus making the deal in its current shape senseless.

This said, it began to gradually scale down its commitments under the deal.

Iran’s move was in accordance to paragraph 36 of the JCPOA which has “provided a mechanism to resolve disputes and allows one side, under certain circumstances, to stop complying with the deal if the other side is out of compliance.”

Meanwhile, incumbent U.S. President Joe Biden has repeatedly signaled his readiness to return the U.S. to the deal.

Iran has been insisting that it is seeking result-oriented talks. So far, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has held phone talks with foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France on lifting sanctions against Iran in accordance with the JCPOA.

Last week Iran’s new nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, also started a diplomatic tour to the three European countries party to the JCPOA and Spain. On Friday, Bagheri Kani held talks in Madrid with Enrique Mora, the European Union political director who acts as coordinator of the talks between Iran and the remaining parties to the nuclear agreement and the United States.


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