Moscow stresses on 'JCPOA implementation' before Nowruz

TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) – "We need to try to make real progress on JCPOA implementation before the Nowruz celebrations in late March", Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna stressed.

Mikhail Ulyanov’s Tuesday tweet came in response to the recent tweet by Iran’s ambassador to the UN, who said, “Act of Parliament will be executed on time (23 Feb) and the IAEA has been informed today to ensure the smooth transition to a new course in due time. After all, goodwill brings about goodwill!”

“That means that Additional Protocol will continue to apply to IAEA activities in Iran for additional 2 days”, Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna wrote.

“Not many, but now when we face a race against time every day counts”, the Russian envoy said, adding that, “We need to try to make real progress on JCPOA implementation before Nowruz at the latest 21.03.2021.”

The 2015 deal, more formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the US, the UK, China, Russia, and France — plus Germany and the EU.

After the illegitimate US exit from the JCPOA in May 2018, the three European signatories to the deal remained indifferent to making up for Iran’s losses.

Amid the Europeans’ lack of action, Iran took five steps to reduce its commitments to the deal while vowing that it will reverse the course as soon as the other parties live up to their commitments under the accord.

Recently, the Iranian parliament passed a bill, dubbed the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions in early last December, setting a Feb. 21 deadline for Biden to lift the US sanctions. Otherwise, Iran will halt inspections of its nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and further boost uranium enrichment. 

Iran has so far resumed 20% uranium enrichment at Fordow plant in accordance with the Parliament’s legislation and has warned that in the case Washington does not remove all the anti-Iran illegitimate sanctions, it will also stop voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol, which gives IAEA inspectors unannounced visits to Iranian facilities.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei highlighted that Iran will not return to its commitments unless the US lifts all sanctions and Tehran verifies Washington's measures.


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