Zakharova: the shortest path to restoring the JCPOA is the return of the United States and Iran to commitments

The shortest path to the restoration of the Iranian nuclear deal is the simultaneous return of the United States and Iran to their obligations, Russia will help this, said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova in connection with the agreements between the IAEA and Iran on the continuation of interaction.

“The shortest path to reanimating the nuclear deal lies through the reciprocal synchronized return of Washington and Tehran to their obligations stipulated by the JCPOA and UN Security Council Resolution 2231, without appendages and exemptions. Russia intends to contribute to this in every possible way,” Zakharova said in a comment posted on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry. …

Moscow calls on all partners in the Iranian nuclear deal, including Iran and the United States, to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible, Zakharova said.

“We call on all our partners in the JCPOA, including Iran, as well as representatives of the United States to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible and agree on the basis of the understandings and elements that we managed to formulate in the period from April to June,” the Russian Foreign Ministry noted.

The IAEA Director-General went on a visit to Tehran on Saturday, where on Sunday he met with the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami.

According to a joint statement, at this meeting the parties reaffirmed the spirit of cooperation and mutual trust, and commitment to its continuation, stressing the need to resolve “relevant issues in a constructive atmosphere and exclusively in a technical manner.” In addition, Iran has allowed IAEA inspectors to reuse surveillance cameras from Iranian nuclear facilities.

In 2015, the UK, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, France, and Iran signed a JCPOA. The deal involved lifting sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s nuclear program to ensure its peaceful nature. In May 2018, then-US President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from the agreement and restore tough sanctions against Tehran. In response, Iran announced a phased reduction in its obligations under the JCPOA, abandoning restrictions on nuclear research, centrifuges and the level of uranium enrichment.

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