Russia, France criticize US for ending Fordow sanctions waiver
Russia and France have expressed dismay at a recent US decision to cancel a sanctions waiver related to Iran’s Fordow enrichment facility ending a key part of a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement, which Washington abandoned last year.
According to Press TV, speaking on Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the waiver, which allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to work at Fordow, will be eliminated on December 15.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned Washington’s move to restore sanctions against Fordow as a breach of international obligations.
“Such decisions are another example of a flagrant violation of international obligations by the United States and its irresponsible attitude towards the agreements being signed and the decisions of the UN Security Council that it not only feels free to openly violate but also tries to impede the process of implementation by all other countries,” it said.
The ministry also stressed that Moscow would continue close cooperation with Tehran on the Fordow reconfiguration.
Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was signed between Iran and six world states, the Fordow plant was to stop enriching uranium and be converted into a nuclear, physics and technology center.