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Russia: unity between the parties to save JCPOA

Tasnim – Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations called for unity among remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers in order to salvage the historic agreement. “We must do it. Opponents of Iran Deal ask if it can survive. Despite all problems the answer is “yes” provided that JCPOA participants (China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia and UK) are united in efforts to preserve the deal. EU as the coordinator has also a vital role,” Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted on Wednesday.

His post on Twitter came in response to a recent tweet by EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell who said, “5 years ago the JCPOA was concluded in Vienna. Today is under great pressure on multiple fronts. If we do manage to preserve the Iran Deal and ensure its full implementation, it can still become a stepping-stone toward addressing other shared concerns”.

The deal was reached between Iran and a group of countries then known as the Group 5+1 — which included the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany — on July 14, 2015. However, in May 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the JCPOA and re-imposed the sanctions that had been lifted under the deal.

Verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran remained fully compliant with the JCPOA for an entire year, waiting for the co-signatories to honor their commitments and offset the impacts of the US withdrawal.

But, as the European parties continued to renege on their obligations, the Islamic Republic moved in May 2019 to suspend its JCPOA commitments under articles of the deal covering Tehran’s legal rights in case of non-compliance by the other side. 

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