Iran’s Right to JCPOA Benefits ‘Unavoidable Necessity’ to Save Nuclear Deal: Russia's Security Chief
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Iran’s Right to JCPOA Benefits ‘Unavoidable Necessity’ to Save Nuclear Deal: Russia's Security Chief

The Russian security chief stressed that the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was an international agreement and all signatories were duty-bound to implement it, adding “Iran’s benefiting from its legal right to the JCPOA and a precise implementation of commitments by all other sides are an unavoidable necessity for preserving the JCPOA.” He made the remarks in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ali Shamkhani on Wednesday in Tehran, a few minutes before the second session of Regional Security Dialogue would kick off with a focus on Afghanistan and fighting terrorism. The Russian official described the continuation of talks on regional security at the initiative of Iran as a clear sign of an acute sense of responsibility from regional countries for cooperation on preserving peace and stability. Patrushev further emphasized the need for all sides to work together to establish security and stability in Syria, adding that to prevent the re-growth of terrorism in Syria, the continuation of political initiatives within the framework of the Astana process is highly crucial. Ali Shamkhani, for his part, attributed the root cause of any insecurity in the region to the will and wish of trans-regional countries, particularly the US and the Israeli regime, stressing that constant vigilance and continued regional collective cooperation could safeguard peace and stability while foiling the enemies’ undermining measures. The Iranian security chief further thanked Russia for its principled stance on US illegal measures toward the JCPOA, as well as its support for Iran’s measures to reduce nuclear commitments due to US’ lack of commitment and the Europeans’ inaction. “If Europe continues its path of non-compliance, we will have no other choice but to take the next steps to balance the commitments,” Shamkhani added. In May 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and later reimposed the sanctions that had been lifted against Tehran as part of the agreement. In response to the move, Iran began taking measures to reduce its commitments to the JCPOA in a bid to create a balance between its rights and obligations and also to encourage the other parties to live up to their own share of commitments to keep the agreement alive.

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