TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, during the fourth Moscow Nonproliferation Conference, called on all members of the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear deal not to test the limits of the agreement, as it might collapse.
“We understand the motives due to which the Islamic Republic of Iran takes steps reducing its voluntary obligations under the deal every 60 days. At the same time, we call on all the sides, all remaining JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) members to exercise restraint,” the diplomat said.
“We cannot test the limits of this agreement. It might fall apart, it might collapse, and then we would be in the situation when the risks of open conflict and further complications in the volatile region of the Persian Gulf will increase even further.”
Ryabkov pointed out that the crisis around the JCPOA was specifically provoked by the US, the Tass news agency reported.
In compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, Iran has, since May, gone through three stages in scaling back parts of its commitments in retaliation for Washington’s withdrawal from the accord and Europe’s failure to protect Iran against the sanctions that the US re-imposed on the country in the aftermath of its exit.
Iran has given another two months to the European signatories to take meaningful action to save the JCPOA as a France-led diplomatic process is underway between the two sides.
Tehran says its reciprocal measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the Iranian economy from unilateral US bans.
On November 5, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Tehran would take the next step to reduce its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by activating centrifuges at the Fordow uranium enrichment plant on Wednesday. In accordance with the 2015 JCPOA, Iran had to modernize the Fordow plant under international observers’ supervision. Iran began to pump gas to the centrifuges at Fordow, which signified the fourth stage of Tehran’s reduction of obligations under the JCPOA the next day.