Nuclear negotiator:

Russia firm on support for JCPOA

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TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) – Senior nuclear negotiator and deputy-FM has discussed with his Russian counterpart the possible scenarios Iran and Russia would consider if JCPOA was challenged.

Seyyed Abbas Araghchi is in Moscow seeking to bolster Russian stance on the JCPOA. In a 5-hour meeting with Sergey Ryabkov Wednesday evening, he told Iran’s state news agency IRNA that the negotiations with his Russian counterpart had brought about coordination in handling the challenges JCPOA could face in the international community. “Russia is firm about its support for JCPOA, Mr. Ryabkov voiced this to me during the meeting; notable among the topics were Iran-Russia contribution to Syrian crisis, Assad’s chemical weapons, and Damascus’ cooperation with Tehran and Moscow in safely destroying these weapons arsenal,” he told.

“We discussed disarmament and conference on review of non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) on chemical and biological weapons plus nuclear warheads and other matters of mutual interest; the meeting concluded with future negotiations possibly in New York, Vienna, and in both countries' embassies,” Araghchi added, “I and Mr. Ryabkov would have contacts if situation demands; we believe the true implementation [of JCPOA] would define as a situation when all parties act according to the spirit ruling the deal and with good will; Iran and Russia has a high level of nuclear cooperation, accordingly, we discussed also transfer of 150 metric tons of yellow cake and exchange of natural uranium as raw material with Russia,” he rejoiced to say.

The meeting also was attended by Mr. Mehdi Senaei, Iran’s ambassador to Moscow.

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