European States’ Decision to Launch Dispute Resolution Mechanism May Doom Iran Nuclear Deal – Moscow



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On Tuesday, France, the UK and Germany moved to trigger the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal’s dispute mechanism and called on Tehran to cancel any measures which may violate the deal.

Moscow calls on the European parties to the Iran nuclear deal not to escalate tensions and to abandon its decision to trigger the treaty’s Dispute Resolution Mechanism, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

“We strongly urge the Eurotroika [of parties to the JCPOA] not to inflame tensions and to abandon any steps which call the prospects of the nuclear deal into question. Despite all the challenges it has faced, the JCPOA has not lost its relevance,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry added that Moscow remains in favour of the deal’s “systematic” and “comprehensive” implementation, in accordance with the terms agreed upon by its parties in 2015 and enshrined by UN Security Council Resolution 2231 on the Iran nuclear issue.

The ministry noted that all parties recognize that the difficulties if has faced were not Iran’s fault, but the result of the US’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from its commitments to the deal in May 2018.

“Tehran’s decision to suspend its voluntarily commitments under the JCPOA are reciprocal and, above all, a reaction to the gross violation of the agreement and Security Council Resolution 2231 by the United States. At the same time, Iran’s nuclear programme remains under the constant control of the International Atomic Energy Agency, including verification of an unprecedented scale and depth. Iran is in full compliance of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, implements the Agreement with the IAEA and applies the Additional protocol. The transparency of Iran’s nuclear activities is a key element of the entire nuclear deal,” the Foreign Ministry emphasised.



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