US dislikes Iran and Russia partnership: Araqchi
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that Iran and Russia are reliable partners on many international developments despite United States' dislikeness.
Iran Press/ Europe: Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that Iran and Russia are "reliable partners" on many international developments and on a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, despite the United States' efforts to create obstacles in the way of the deal's implementation.
In a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov in Moscow on Friday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister hailed Russia's "logical, balanced and just" stance on the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), after the US move to withdraw from it, Iran Press reported.
"The JCPOA is the achievement of diplomacy and the US is weakening diplomacy at an international level through its efforts to destroy it," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister noted.
"I totally agree that Iran and Russia are reliable partners. Our cooperation concerning the regional and international agenda has been very honest, we have similar positions on many regional and global issues," Araqchi said.
Araqchi noted that the current crisis surrounding the nuclear deal had stemmed from Washington’s actions.
At the same time, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister was hopeful that other participants in the deal would continue to implement it, saying: "We hope that the JCPOA’s European participants will remain committed to their obligations."
Late in November, Iran's nuclear chief criticized the US administration's efforts to prevent the implementation of the multilateral nuclear agreement through exerting pressure on other countries to make them pursue Washington's policies vis-a-vis the deal.
On May 8, the US president pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
Following the US exit from JCPOA, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.
Araqchi said on December 3 that other members of the 4+1 Group are now planning to compensate for America's withdrawal from the internationally-recognized Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) treaty.