Zarif, Lavrov discuss implementation of Iran nuclear deal in Moscow.


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lauded Russia’s role in the conclusion and implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Zarif made the remarks during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday.

He said that Iran, Russia and other parties to the JCPOA needed to closely coordinate efforts to make sure that the implementation of the deal was seriously pursued.

The top Iranian diplomat said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had verified Iran’s commitment to the deal on numerous occasions, but a certain party to the JCPOA had failed to fulfill its commitments under the deal, an apparent reference to the US.

“Unfortunately, one of the parties to the JCPOA has not only failed to fully live up to its commitments, but it has also pursued destructive policies in this regard,” Zarif said.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the JCPOA on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

US President Donald Trump delivered an anti-Iran speech in October 2017, saying he would not continue to certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the JCPOA — a central foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama — and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.

The next deadline for Trump to waive nuclear-related sanctions falls on Friday.

Since the JCPOA implementation, the IAEA has been verifying and monitoring Iran’s compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the accord and has consistently verified the Islamic Republic’s compliance.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian foreign minister referred to Moscow-Tehran relations and said mutual cooperation on regional issues served the interests of the two nations as well as international peace and security.

Iran-Russia cooperation has played an instrumental role in the fight against terrorism and extremism in the region, Zarif said.

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