Russia: U.S. return to nuclear pact should not include its revision
Russia asserts that the eventual US return to the Iran nuclear deal should not cause its revision or be linked to any additional obligations.
“We have the position that once the U.S. returns to fulfill its commitments under the deal, it should become neither a bargaining chip nor a pretext for revising the agreement,” the Russian Foreign Ministry has made public in a statement released early Thursday morning, quoted by the local TASS news agency.
The document also rejects the imposition of any additional obligations on Iran and other parties to the agreement. “There is no need to overcomplicate [the issue] and reinvent anything. We must strictly follow the letter of the agreement,” it stresses.
The Russian Foreign Ministry notes that Washington tested, in 2020, the resilience of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA or JCPOA) – the official name of the nuclear deal reached in 2015 between Iran and the Group 5+1, then comprising the US, the UK, France, Russia and China, plus Germany – which endured despite “regular sanctions attacks” imposed on Tehran.
The note stresses that Iran’s nuclear activity remains under the constant supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and that all the measures recently adopted by the Persian country, including the enrichment of uranium to 20% and the preparation of the necessary infrastructure for the production of uranium metal, were carried out under the strict supervision of the inspectors of the nuclear body.
Despite the signing of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the Sextet, Washington unilaterally pulled out of the agreement in May 2018 and reimposed severe sanctions against Iran, lifted under the agreement.
Tehran fully complied with the pact for a full year, expecting the rest of the signatories to do the same; however, in the face of the passivity of the European parties, Iran began to gradually reduce its nuclear commitments in May 2019, in accordance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA.
However, the Islamic Republic declares that these steps are reversible. In fact, according to the legislation of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Mayles) of Iran passed in this regard, if the signatory parties begin to comply with the provisions of the PIAC, the Iranian government must submit to the Parliament the proposal for reciprocal action to resume its obligations in the pact.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent – EN