Russia, Iran say reaffirm commitment to nuclear deal

By: | Published: January 11, 2018 5:30 AM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif reaffirmed their commitment to a multilateral deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

iran, russia, nuclear deal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Mohammad Javad Zarif Under the deal, Iran agrees to halt its nuclear weapon programme in exchange for economic aid. (Reuters)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif reaffirmed their commitment to a multilateral deal on Iran’s nuclear programme here on Wednesday. They expressed willingness to continue to fulfil obligations under the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Xinhua reported.

“Possible disruption of the JCPOA’s implementation due to Washington’s actions would go against the task of maintaining international and regional security and stability and negatively affect multilateral efforts in the field of nuclear non-proliferation,” they said in a joint statement.

The JCPOA was reached between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany, in July 2015. Under the deal, Iran agrees to halt its nuclear weapon programme in exchange for economic aid and lifting of international sanctions.

However, in October 2017, US President Donald Trump called for de-certifying the agreement, alleging Iran had committed “multiple violations,” which Tehran has denied.

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