02/11/2017

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says there should be no concerns over the implementation of Iran’s historic nuclear deal as it was precisely devised.

During an interview with IRNA published on Saturday, Ryabkov stressed that Iran has honored all its commitments to the landmark deal.

“The JCPOA has so far had positive outcomes and Iran responsibly carries out all its commitments. Russia also abides to the responsibilities it accepted,” he said.

While still campaigning, US President Donald Trump threatened to annul the deal, which he has lambasted as “the worst accord ever negotiated” and “one of the dumbest” ones he has come across.

While noting that there was no point in threatening Iran as history has proven that such actions are useless, Ryabkov stated that Russia does not agree with Trump’s stance on the deal.

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“We do not share the US’s stance and believe that the JCPOA was drawn up with very precise devices and balanced mechanisms. Taking these conditions into accordance there is no room for worries over the JCPOA or its implementation,” he added.

He noted that the new US administration will reach the same conclusion after scrutinizing the accord.

Senior diplomats from Iran, the P5+1 group of world powers and the European Union pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China — plus Germany started implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on January 16, 2016.

Under the agreement, Iran accepted to put limitations on its program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Trump’s stance against the JCPOA comes while Washington’s partners in the P5+1 have thrown their weight behind the Iran deal. The EU has already said that it is in complete agreement with China and Russia over the necessity to keep the JCPOA alive.

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