Russia: All JCPOA Issues Should Be Resolved through Joint Commission

Russia: All JCPOA Issues Should Be Resolved through Joint Commission

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russia’s foreign ministry said all issues pertaining to the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers should be settled through the accord’s Joint Commission.

"Russia’s fundamental position is that any questions arising during the implementation of the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) should be resolved within the Joint Commission. Nevertheless, it is better to do it without resorting to emergency measures and without putting the process of looking for solutions under artificial time pressure," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

It added that it is crucial "to be guided by those lofty goals enshrined in the JCPOA and Resolution 2231 of the United Nations Security Council" despite problems and disagreements and to try to communicate.

It came after the EU foreign policy chief said on Friday he had received a letter from Iran that demands triggering the dispute resolution mechanism of the 2015 nuclear deal over the failure of the three European signatories to the agreement to honor their commitments.

In a statement released on Friday, Josep Borrell said the letter written by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined Iran's concerns regarding implementation issues on the part of France, Germany and Britain to the Joint Commission of the deal for resolution through the dispute process set out in the agreement's paragraph 36.

"The Dispute Resolution Mechanism requires intensive efforts in good faith by all. As Coordinator of the Joint Commission, I expect all JCPOA participants to approach this process in this spirit within the framework of the JCPOA," he said.

In June, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution calling on Iran to fully cooperate with the IAEA in implementing its NPT Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol and satisfy the IAEA's requests without further delay.

The resolution, submitted by France, Germany and the UK, was adopted by a vote of 25 to 2 with 7 abstentions.

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