TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday said his country and Russia believe that 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers is in critical condition, urging the European parties to step up efforts to keep the deal alive.
“Substantive consultations in Russia. Convergence of views including: JCPOA is in critical condition bec of US – and Europe’s failure to uphold its obligations. EU/E3 must step up for JCPOA to survive,” Zarif tweeted after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday as Tehran announced its decision to stop a number of undertakings under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He added, “Iran’s choice is constructive engagement with credible *and* relevant actors.”
The Russian minister said at the meeting with Zarif that Iran and Russia “are going to discuss this unacceptable situation with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iran nuclear program settlement as the main issue today.” Adding that this is happened due to “irresponsible US actions that cancelled their obligations under the UN resolution.”
The ambassadors of the countries remaining in the nuclear deal on Wednesday received a letter penned by President Hassan Rouhani on the suspension of some of Iran’s commitments under the accord.
The letter has been handed over by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi to the ambassadors of Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany, who had been invited to the Foreign Ministry. The document elaborates on the details of the decision taken by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), which is chaired by President Rouhani.
The SNSC’s decision is aimed at “safeguarding the Iranian nation’s security and interests” in the line with the country’s rights under articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, the letter read.