Don’t push Iran to­wards ex­it­ing JCPOA, Rus­sia tells U.S.

Tehran Times - - POLITICS - By staff and agency

Dmitry Peskov, the Rus­sian pres­i­dent’s press sec­re­tary, said on Mon­day that Moscow stands for keep­ing the 2015 nu­clear deal, of­fi­cially called the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion, af­ter the U.S. with­drawal.

“Rus­sia, like prac­ti­cally all the na­tions, stands for keep­ing the JCPOA in place. We see no al­ter­na­tive to this agree­ment. We call on ev­ery­one to re­frain from steps that might push Iran to­wards with­draw­ing this deal. We think that it would have ad­verse im­pacts and we con­demn the United States for its with­drawal from the JCPOA,” TASS quoted him as say­ing.

Peskov said un­like the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil sanc­tions, Wash­ing­ton’s re­stric­tions on Iran are il­le­git­i­mate and run con­trary to in­ter­na­tional law.

“There must not be an ob­sta­cle for us to con­tinue our bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and trade-and-eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with Iran,” he ex­plained.

The Krem­lin spokesman said that Rus­sia is build­ing mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial and quite close re­la­tions with Iran, which is play­ing an im­por­tant role in re­gional af­fairs and in the Syr­ian set­tle­ment di­a­logue.

“It is ab­so­lutely il­log­i­cal and in­ad­mis­si­ble to turn a blind eye on Iran’s role,” Peskov noted.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump with­drew Wash­ing­ton from the JCPOA in May.

Other sig­na­to­ries to the JCPOA - Rus­sia, China, France, Ger­many and the United King­dom - have re­peat­edly sup­ported their com­mit­ment to the deal.

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