Feb 19, 2021 16:29 UTC
  • US needs to swiftly lift Iran sanctions, return to JCPOA compliance: China, Russia

China and Russia say the United States should immediately lift the sanctions it has re-imposed on Iran and fulfill its obligations in order to preserve the multilateral deal of 2015.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry posted a message on Twitter in that regard on Friday.

“The #US needs to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) unconditionally ASAP and lift all sanctions on #Iran,” the post read. It also urged Iran to consequently “resume full compliance with” the nuclear accord.

“We call on all sides to remain calm, avoid escalating tension and leave room for diplomatic efforts.”

The ministry emphasized that the US return to the JCPOA would be the “only correct approach to resolve the impasse on the Iranian nuclear issue.”

Sanctions hampered implementation of JCPOA: Russia

Russia on Friday welcomed initial steps taken by the administration of President Joe Biden of the United States to reach compromise on the nuclear deal.

"Sanctions pressure did not help the implementation of the agreement and brought the situation to a dead-end," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

He added that it was a "good thing" that the US does not call for international sanctions on Iran anymore, but emphasized that ultimately more work was needed.

"It is the restoration of the JCPOA regime that is important."

The Biden administration on Thursday reversed two measures adopted by Trump against Iran and offered talks with Iran led by European allies.

In reaction to the offer, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday urged the Biden administration to “unconditionally and effectively lift all sanctions imposed, re-imposed or re-labeled by Trump.”