Russia, China oppose US attempts to dismantle Iran nuclear deal - Lavrov
MOSCOW, September 11./TASS. Russia and China, together with the majority of the UN Security Council members come out against US attempts to derail the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference after talks with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Friday.
"We discussed today the situation around the JCPOA. And of course we, both Russia and China as well as the overwhelming majority of UN Security Council members don't accept US attempts to dismantle this essential for the world international agreement that was approved in Resolution 2231 of the UN Security Council," the top diplomat stressed.
He said that Moscow and Beijing were equally against illegitimate individual actions by the US in connection with the situation around Iran's nuclear program. "The US withdrew from this agreement in gross violation of the consensus resolution of the UN Security Council, and thus it has lost any legal, political or moral rights to try to prohibit the implementation of this important decision by other states," Lavrov stressed.
In early August, the United States once again accused Iran of violating the nuclear deal and announced plans to restore UN sanctions on Tehran. On August 20, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo notified the United Nations that Washington was initiating the process to reinstate all UN sanctions on Iran. The US believes that the sanctions may come back into effect in 30 days.
The terms of the JCPOA imply that any party to the agreement can launch the procedure for the return of sanctions in the event of Tehran's violation of the obligations of the deal.
However, in 2018, the United States withdrew from the nuclear agreement. On August 25, the UN Security Council Chairman (Indonesia's Permanent Representative to the UN, Dian Trianshah Jani) said that the US appeal for the return of anti-Iranian sanctions could not be satisfied.