Lavrov stresses returning to JCPOA original format

TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) – Russia fully supports the idea of returning to the Iran nuclear deal in the format it was signed, without any additions or exemptions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome.

"If the sides are intensifying contacts, they apparently want to come to resume the deal. It may be resumed solely in the form it was approved by the UN Security Council in 2015," Russia’s top diplomat said, TASS reported.

"Any additions and any exemptions are unacceptable for the Iranian side. And we fully support this approach," Lavrov added.

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. Despite the International Atomic Energy Agency's acknowledgement of Iran's adherence to all of its obligations, the US government unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in May 2018.

The US government has imposed sanctions under various pretexts in line with its hostile goals against the Islamic Republic of Iran and the advancement of its economic war against Iran.

Despite admitting the failure of the policy of maximum pressure against Iran, the Biden administration has refused to take measures necessary to return to JCPOA and has practically put the pursuit of Trump's policy against Iran on the agenda.

Iran and the remaining signatories to the JCPOA have held six rounds of talks so far with no results. The Western powers made excessive demands during the talks and the talks were postponed at the end of the previous Iranian administration under Rouhani until the formation of the new government in Iran under President Ebrahim Raeisi.

The new Iranian administration has vowed that it will return to the Vienna talks if they are result-oriented and can yield tangible results for Iran in terms of the removal of the sanctions and abidance of the parties by the JCPOA provisions.

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