EYEAFRICA TV: Moscow, Russia: Russian and Iranian foreign ministers on Monday said the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal constitutes a serious reversal in the consultation process on the Iran nuclear issue and poses a threat to the security of the Gulf region and the world.
The ministers made the comment at a joint press conference after their meeting in Moscow earlier in the day.
The deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), offered Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear activities. It was inked by Iran with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States in 2015.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced pulling Washington out of the deal in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran.
By pulling out of the deal, the United States has grossly trampled on the rule of international law, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov told the press conference, saying that U.S. and the EU should either comply with the terms of the agreement, or recognize it as nonexistent.
“If the Western partners are not ready to adopt a respectful attitude toward international law and the deal reached between us, the JCPOA probably should be recognized as good as dead,” said Lavrov.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian FM, condemned the U.S. unilateral sanctions on Iran. He said that Iran has scaled back its obligations under the deal, but it still complies with relevant clauses.
He pointed out that some European countries, pressured by the U.S., have stopped implementing their obligations under the deal.
“Although the European countries have politically supported the deal, they have, in reality, failed to fulfill their obligations or take any measures against U.S. sanctions. Thus, we call on the European countries to fulfill their obligations under the JCPOA. We share the exactly same stance with Russia on this issue,” Zarif said at the press conference.