May 8, 2019, 6:02 PM
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Iran seeking engagement with credible actors: FM

Tehran, May 8, IRNA – Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the country's stance on the nuclear deal as favoring engagement with 'credible and relevant' actors.

Zarif who is in Moscow for talks with senior Russian officials, including his counterpart Sergei Lavrov, described the meetings as 'substantive consultations in Russia'.

'Convergence of views, including: JCPOA is in critical condition bec of US - and Europe's failure to uphold its obligations,' he wrote on his Twitter account.

The meetings and consultations in Moscow and the tweets come just hours after the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, on the occasion of the first anniversary of US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, officially announced that Tehran would suspend two measures it was committed to under the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The move was made in response to the inactive stance of the European signatories who had pledged to cover the adverse effect of the US unilateral withdrawal from the deal.

They have not managed to deliver the promises so far.

'EU/E3 must step up for JCPOA to survive,' said Zarif who earlier today had warned that 'the EU/E3+2 has a narrowing window to reverse' the trend of Iran's reducing its commitments to the nuclear deal.

'Iran's choice is constructive engagement with credible and relevant actors,' Zarif emphasized, implying that the engagement would not include those who were trying to influence the US President Donald Trump for taking anti-Iran measures.

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