No place for Americans in JCPOA Joint Commission meeting

TEHRAN, Apr. 03 (MNA) – A senior Russian diplomat said the Americans will not be present at the upcoming meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action since they are not a participant in the deal.

The Joint Commission of the JCPOA will gather for an offline meeting in Vienna on April 6 to set tasks to the two working groups and begin to discuss matters of complete resumption of the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based international organization Mikhail Ulyanov told TASS on Friday.

He added that the offline meeting is supposed to clearly set tasks first before two expert groups begin work in Vienna. One of these groups will look at issues of lifting the anti-Iranian sanctions, and the other one will deal with Tehran’s nuclear commitments and their implementation.

"The Americans will not be present at the meeting because they are not participants in the JCPOA,” Ulyanov said, adding, “They are yet to resume the implementation of their commitments and after that, the issue of their return to the nuclear deal and resumption of their status of a JCPOA participant will be looked at. The Iranians are not ready to speak with the Americans directly."

According to the Russian diplomat, the United States, Iran and other participants in the deal want to get back to the initial JCPOA, with no US sanctions and Teheran implementing their commitments in full. "It is planned to discuss how to reach this strategic goal, to find a way to the complete revival of the nuclear deal. It is not a simple task," he stressed.

Participants in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program held an online meeting on April 2. "Participants recognized the prospect of a full return of the US to the JCPOA, and underlined their readiness to positively address this in a joint effort. Participants also emphasized their commitment to preserve the JCPOA and discussed modalities to ensure the return to its full and effective implementation," the EU External Action Service said after the meeting.

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