Nov 25, 2021 11:41 UTC
  •  Pinpointing root causes of JCPOA failure, Russia urges undoing of US withdrawal, anti-Iran sanctions

Russia’s ambassador to the international organizations in Vienna has highlighted the necessity of undoing Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement and eliminating its unlawful sanctions as the root causes of the failure of the 2015 accord.

“It is necessary to eliminate the root causes that prompted Iran to deviate from the terms of the JCPOA, namely the US withdrawal from the deal and Washington’s massive sanctions pressure on Iran, which continues to this day,” Mikhail Ulyanov said during a session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors on Wednesday.

He maintained that the only way to resolve the problem was through the Vienna negotiations on the restoration of the nuclear pact, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which will resume on November 29 after a five-month hiatus.

Ulyanov also said his country appreciated IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi’s endeavors to avoid “crisis situations” in working with Tehran, adding, “We support his intention to continue working with the Iranian side and his call for Tehran to act in a similar way.”

“Russia proceeds from the fact that there is no alternative to the nuclear deal in the interests of maintaining peace and stability in the region, as well as strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime,” the Russian diplomat said.

He voiced his country’s determination to continue cooperation in the Vienna format with the involvement of all JCPOA member countries, as well as representatives of the United States, who are not allowed to directly take part in the talks.