Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna described the opponents of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as helpless and ignorant.

Iran Press/Europe: In a tweet released on Saturday, Mikhail Ulyanov wrote, "The opponents of the Iran deal are helpless and even ignorant. At the beginning of a dispute, they provide 2-3 counterarguments and slogans. As soon as these arguments and slogans are exhausted, they move on to insulting opponents without proper justification. Not surprising!"

Earlier, in a separate message, Mikhail Ulyanov said, "US claims that it retains the status of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) participant, as well as relevant rights."

"Illusion. Advisory Opinion of International Court of Justice (1971) is applicable: a party which disowns or doesn't fulfill its own obligations can't be recognized as retaining the rights", Russian envoy added.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has recently claimed that the US is still a participant to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 and can request an extension of Iran's arms embargo based on Article 11 of the Resolution.

With its unilateral exit from Iran nuclear deal two years ago, the United States violated its commitments under the 2015 multilateral accord and a subsequent UNSC Resolution 2231 as well.

Under the resolution, an arms embargo on Iran, as well as an arms export ban, is set to lift on 18 October 2020, five years after the JCPOA  Adoption Day. The resolution also said travel restrictions on officials and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear and missile programs will expire in October.

However, a renewal of the arms embargo is likely to meet opposition from Russia and China, which have veto power in the Security Council.


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