News ID: 206140
Published: 0405 GMT December 13, 2017

Araqchi: P5+1 complains of US lack of commitment to JCPOA

Araqchi: P5+1 complains of US lack of commitment to JCPOA

Political Desk

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that members of the P5+1 group openly complained to the US, another party to the agreement, over its commitments to the nuclear deal, stressing that the US should fulfill its commitments.

Araqchi made the comments after the 10th meeting of the nuclear deal Joint Commission which was held in Austria’s capital, Vienna on Wednesday, IRNA reported. 

Representatives from Iran, the P5+1 group– Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany – and the European Union gathered in the European city to address various issues regarding the implementation of the deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Araqchi said despite allegations made by the US delegation attending the Joint Commission of the nuclear deal, it said Washington is committed to the 2015 agreement.

The JCPOA joint commission holds a meeting every three months to discuss latest developments regarding the JCPOA implantation.

The JCPOA was reached in July 2015 and came into force in January 2016.

Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday the participants in the meeting reiterated their commitment to the nuclear agreement.

"The parties discussed in detail the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. All members of the Joint Commission reaffirmed their commitment to the consistent implementation of this plan of action. Special emphasis was placed on the need to ensure its effectiveness and sustainability in the long-term perspective," the diplomat said.

"The Joint Commission welcomed Iran’s strict compliance with its obligations under the agreements, which is regularly confirmed by the IAEA."

Particular attention during the meeting "was paid to problems related to the uncertainty regarding the future of the JCPOA in light of US President Donald Trump’s decision not to confirm strict compliance with the Plan of Action by Tehran," Zakharova noted.

"The Joint Commission members have confirmed unanimously that the JCPOA is based on the fundamental principle of reciprocity, which, in particular, is aimed at promoting the normalization of international trade and economic cooperation with Tehran. Russia’s representatives stressed that neglect of this principle by one of the parties to the agreement puts the Plan’s future into jeopardy," she noted.


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