Meeting between Iran and other participants in the nuclear deal will take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, TASS reports.
"We are making preparations for holding such a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Wednesday, adding that "the Iran issue will definitely be widely discussed there."
However, Ryabkov did not clarify the level of the upcoming meeting, only noting that Russia was ready to discuss the Iran issue at the United Nations Security Council’s meetings as US President Donald Trump had suggested. "Experience shows that those initiating a meeting should make suggestions concerning its format, level and goals," the senior Russian diplomat added.
"I would like to point out though that the United States pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran’s nuclear program, which in itself was a violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231," Ryabkov went on to say. "I think that the New York event will provide a good opportunity to draw the attention of our US counterparts to this fact and send another signal to the international community that the country claiming a monopoly right to resolve global issues has been acting in a most irresponsible way, undermining the fundamental principles of resolving serious issues, which, in our view, still include the Iran nuclear deal situation and the future of the JCPOA," the Russian deputy foreign minister stressed.
Iran nuclear deal issue
In 2015, Iran and six major powers (five member states of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China - and Germany) agreed on the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which particularly stipulated the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.
On May 8, Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. He said that old sanctions on Iran would be restored and new ones would be introduced in case Tehran attempted to pursue its nuclear ambitions.
In the wake of Trump’s decision, the leaders of Great Britain, Germany and France called on other participants in the deal to continue fulfilling it. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran would not abandon the JCPOA and would continue to comply with its obligations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA would violate the United Nations Security Council’s resolution. He added that Russia would seek to maintain the agreement despite US plans to resume sanctions against Iran.