Russia, China favor soonest resumption of Iran nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Mar. 22 (MNA) – Russia and China believe that the nuclear deal with Iran should be restored as soon as possible, the two nations said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

"The sides reaffirm the importance of soonest resumption of full and effective implementation of the Agreement on the Iranian nuclear program and UN Security Council Resolution 2231. In this regard, they call on all stakeholders to make political decisions facilitating a positive outcome of negotiations on restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)," the document says, TASS reported.

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Former US President Donald Trump illegally pulled out of the deal in 2018 while the current US President, Joe Biden, has signaled that he is ready to resurrect the agreement.

Russia, the UK, Germany, China, the US, and France have been in talks with Iran since April 2021 to reinstate the deal.

The talks to salvage the JCPOA kicked off in the Austrian capital of Vienna in April 2021, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

The negotiations have been at a standstill since August due to Washington’s insistence on its hard-nosed position of not removing all the sanctions that were slapped on the Islamic Republic by the previous US administration. Iran maintains it is necessary for the other side to offer some guarantees that it will remain committed to any agreement that is reached.


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