JCPOA Belongs to ‘Whole International Community’ Not US: Russia

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russia's Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mikhail Ulyanov said the 2015 nuclear between Tehran and world powers belongs to the “whole international community” not just the US.

JCPOA Belongs to ‘Whole International Community’ Not US: Russia

"I must tell you that the JCPOA is a major international asset. It does not belong to the United States, it belongs to the whole international community,” Ulyanov said after signatories of the deal met in Vienna on Friday in a bid to save the agreement, AFP reported.

The Russian delegate struck an upbeat note after the meeting, saying, "We have all chances to succeed, provided that we have the political will.

He added that the possibility of referring the matter back to the UN "was not discussed during this meeting".

In a speech from the White House on May 8, US President Donald Trump accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism and seeking nukes before announcing the US withdrawal from the 2015 agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Following the controversial decision, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran weighs plans to remain in the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the other five parties, provided that they ensure full benefits for Iran.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has underlined that any decision to keep the deal running without the US should be conditional on “practical guarantees” from the three European parties to the JCPOA.

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