Russia to confront efforts to use UNSC as tool to weaken JCPOA: Lavrov

TEHRAN, Jun. 16 (MNA) – Russian Foreign Minister Seregy Lavrov said that his country will confront the measures of some countries which aim to weaken the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal.

During his meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Lavrov stressed Russia will confront the efforts of some countries to use the UN Security Council as a tool to undermine the Nuclear Deal.

His remarks came in response to US actions in the UN Security Council to extend Iran's arms embargo, which is scheduled to end in October 2020.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that the US will not allow Iran to purchase conventional arms after UN sanctions expire in October.

Pompeo plans to invoke a provision in the Iran nuclear agreement, which the Trump administration pulled out of in 2018, in an effort to either extend an arms embargo on Iran or reimpose even harsher United Nations (UN) sanctions, the New York Times reported.

He also called on the UN Security Council to extend Iran's arms embargo under the pretext of preventing a new arms race in the Middle East.

Slamming the efforts of the United States to extend UN arms embargo against Iran which is due to expire in October in Separate letters, Russian FM and Chinese senior diplomat have started building a case at the United Nations against Washington’s claim that it can trigger a return of all sanctions on Iran at the Security Council.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Chinese government’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, both wrote to the 15-member council and UN chief Antonio Guterres as the United States threatens to spark a so-called sanctions snapback under the Iran nuclear deal, even though Washington quit the accord in 2018.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council circulated Monday, the Russian minister said statements by US State Department officials that the Trump administration doesn’t plan to resume its commitments under the nuclear deal but plans to invoke rights allegedly deriving from the resolution endorsing it are “ridiculous and irresponsible,” according to the Associated Press.

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