Iran urges US to remain committed to nuclear deal

Tehran, Jan 12 (IANS) Iran has urged the US to remain committed to the 2015 international nuclear agreement, media reports said on Friday.

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also hailed his recent talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow and a meeting he had with the European Union’s diplomatic chief and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany on Thursday, Xinhua news reported quoting Tasnim news agency.

“What was clear at the meetings… was that the international consensus was based on (the fact that) any move leading to the destruction of the JCPOA (nuclear deal) or a change in it would be unacceptable and would be confronted by the international community,” he was quoted as saying.

In the talks, Iran emphasised that all parties, including the US, should remain committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and implement the deal completely so that Iran does the same, he added.

In July 2015, after a decade of strenuous negotiations, Iran and six major countries — China, Russia, Britain, France, the US and Germany — struck a final agreement on Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, in which the West promised to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran’s efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

However, as one of the most significant diplomatic legacies of US President Donald Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, the hard-won nuclear deal has been running the gauntlet of Trump on his campaign trail and since he became president.

In October, Trump announced that he had decided to decertify Iran’s compliance with the pact.

The US was planning to reimpose sanctions on Iran, said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday, ahead of Trump’s decision on whether to extend sanctions relief on Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal.

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