May 8, 2019, 8:35 AM
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FM Zarif: Iran not to withdraw from JCPOA

Moscow, May 8, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister said Iran's future actions will be completely in the context of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and Tehran will not pull out of the nuclear deal.

Iran is to act in the framework of the JCPOA, Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters upon his arrival in Moscow, urging other parties to make use of the opportunity to take necessary measures instead of just issuing statements.

He added that articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA authorize Iran and of course other members not to implement partly or completely their commitments if any party did not comply.
He referred to developments that will be declared in Iran Supreme National Security Council's enactments on Wednesday.

Referring to US acts over the last year especially before and after its walking away from Iran nuclear deal, Zarif said it is crystal clear that Washington's attempts were in line with stopping JCPOA.

Being aware of the US policies, the Islamic Republic of Iran has faced the issue with strategic patience, he noted.

He went on to say that unfortunately the European Union and other members of the international community were not able to stand against US pressures hence Iran has decided not to implement some of the voluntarily commitments.

He went on to say that the Moscow tour is aimed at holding talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over bilateral, regional and international issues.

Iran and Russia are against US unilateral policies; Zarif said adding that both countries have established cooperation regarding the JCPOA and Venezuela.

He said that the international community has so far hailed regional cooperation between Iran and Russia especially over Syrian issue, fighting terrorism and joint efforts with Turkey to put an end to conflict in Syria.

Iran and Russia are two strategic partners in the region and will continue these polices and cooperation, Zarif said.

Tehran will hold its first round of official talks with Moscow on the occasion of the anniversary of US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, he said.

Russia has been one the close partners over the past few years, Zarif said expressing hope for continuation of cooperation between two sides.

On May 8, 2018, Trump withdrew from the JCPOA, which was condemned by other parties to the 2015 agreement.

Trump's choice has faced opposition of the international community; namely Russia, China, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini.

Zarif is scheduled to confer with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on issues of mutual interest along with latest regional and international developments.

During the visit, both foreign ministers are to exchange views on Iran's peaceful nuclear deal and other regional and international issues.

The two sides are also to examine various issues such as expansion of cooperation between the two foreign ministries, facilitating commute and accommodation of staffers of the two countries' airlines.
During the visit, Zarif and Lavrov are to sign an agreement on facilitating the exchange of visits between the two countries' nationals.

After the meeting, the two foreign ministers will attend a joint press conference.

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