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Unilateral withdrawal from JCPOA not a wise move: Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan said unilateral withdrawal and arbitrary rescinding of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would undermine the confidence of the international community in dialogue and diplomacy.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal while replying a question at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad said the Iranian nuclear deal (JCPOA) represents a good example of negotiated settlement of a complex issue through dialogue and diplomacy.

Unilateral withdrawal and arbitrary rescinding of the agreement, which was an outcome of a decade long effort of diplomats, would undermine the confidence of the international community in dialogue and diplomacy, he said.

Earlier Pakistan had called upon all the parties to honor their commitments regarding the implementation of Iran nuclear deal.

The JCPOA stipulates the gradual removal of the West's sanctions against Iran in exchange for Tehran maintaining a peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

However, US President Donald Trump announced in May the withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal and the reinstating of the first round of sanctions in August.

Faisal also said that a meeting will be held under the auspices of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) in the second week of October in Pakistan.

APAPPS is an all inclusive mechanism between the two countries which has five sub-groups, under which both sides are in contact regarding various issues including that pertaining to refugees, he said.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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