Iran unlike US fully implementing JCPOA: Ryabkov

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TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) – A high-ranking Russian diplomat who participated in the P5+1 negotiations leading to the historic signing of the Iran nuclear deal has commented on the agreement's future in light of US President Donald Trump's recent decision.

The United States is not fully implementing the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, while Tehran adheres to the deal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday.

According to Sputnik, “As of today, Iran adheres to its responsibilities within the framework of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) very responsibly and fully, and I hope this will also take place in the future. We are also acting accordingly. This cannot be said about our US colleagues, who have violated not only the spirit but also the letter of the JCPOA, as it appears to us, with a number of their actions,” he told reporters.

There is no direct link between Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, Ryabkov said, citing UNSC resolution 2251, which aproved the JCPOA.

He added that he did not believe Iran’s regional policy had anything to do with the nuclear deal either.

"I am convinced that attempts to put JCPOA in question… will not bring any result," Ryabkov said.

The official said that for most international community members, the current document was close to optimal, adding that Russia did not accept the tone of US President Donald Trump's statements on Iran.

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