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Russia FM: Iran’s stance on JCPOA responsible

Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Iran's stance on the 2015 nuclear deal after the US withdrawal form it is responsible.

Talking to reporters after Friday meeting on the JCPOA, he said that Iran announced during the session that despite US unilateral exit from the deal, it does not intend to abandon the deal.

'In reply to the calls from all the participants, Iran confirmed its commitment to its obligations under the JCPOA. This means Iran will continue cooperating with the IAEA, though the Iranian minister noted that after the US unilateral step aimed at breaking the deal Tehran has the reason and the right to exit the deal, but they will not apply it I think this is a responsible stance, and I hope it will be kept,' he said, according to sputniknews.

Lavrov also said that Russia, China, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom had once again decried the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in strongest terms and described it as ungrounded and politicized.

The minister also noted that Iran had fulfilled thoroughly all its obligations under the JCPOA and that the agreement had been working efficiently since it was signed in 2015.

On Friday, the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, China, Germany and France, as well as the UK minister of state for the Middle East and the EU high representative for foreign and security policy, held a joint meeting in Vienna to discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal, after the unilateral US withdrawal from it.

The JCPOA was signed by Iran, the European Union and the P5+1 Group. The deal stipulated the gradual lifting of the anti-Iran sanctions in exchange for Tehran maintaining the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

On May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump announced that his country would exit from the deal. In addition, Trump decided to reinstate the previously lifted sanctions on Iran. The unilateral move has been opposed by other signatories, which pledged commitment to the agreement.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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