0344 GMT July 23, 2019
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow rejects any attempt to rewrite or reinterpret the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement with world powers.
He said that questioning the viability and the relevance of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “is very disturbing and of concern to us,” IRNA reported.
He made the remarks prior to a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Abbas Araqchi in Tehran on Tuesday.
“We in Russia, the whole government and those who participated in the talks on JCPOA tried to impress the US administration that there is no alternative to the JCPOA,” he added.
The nuclear agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was inked between Iran and the P5+1 countries – namely the US, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany – in July 2015 and took effect in January 2016.
Under the deal, which was later endorsed by a UN Security Council resolution, some limits were put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, among other things.
The administration of US President Donald Trump, which took over in January 2017, one year after the JCPOA came into force, has been skeptical of the deal, which was negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Joint Commission meeting
Abbas Araqchi, who is also the head of the Iranian task force to monitor the implementation of the deal, told reporters that the Joint Commission of Iran and the P5+1 group on implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement will be held in Austria on July 21.
Araqchi said Ryabkov was in Tehran for political consultations, adding that they would discuss in advance issues that were to be raised at the upcoming Joint Commission meeting.
Among those issues, he said, were failures on the part of the United States to meet its commitments under the nuclear deal as well as the new US administration’s moves directed against the accord.
Zarif’s visit to New York
The Iranian official Araqchi also referred to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s upcoming trip to New York, where he would attend the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
The top Iranian diplomat will hold bilateral meetings with officials from the P5+1 countries, Araqchi said, explaining that a meeting with the US side, if held, would be within the framework of talks regarding the JCPOA.
“We would have no further contact [with the Americans] beyond that,” he said.
Iranian Foreign Minister is also planned to attend a conversation organized by the American think tank the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in the New York City on July 17.
According to the think tank’s website, the senior Iranian diplomat is going to discuss the “current developments in the Middle East” in the upcoming meeting.
In September 2016, the top Iranian diplomat joined CNN’s Fareed Zakaria at the Council of Foreign Relations to discuss regional politics, nuclear security, and US-Iran relations.