Lavrov says Russia has proposals to preserve JCPOA

Moscow has made proposals to help the Iranian Nuclear Deal signatories resume cooperation after the US' withdrawal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday after talks with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas.

Iran PressEurope: "Among other topics on which Russia and Germany are actively cooperating, I will highlight the situation surrounding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to settle the issue of the Iranian nuclear program. There is a number of ideas put forward by our European colleagues. Russia, in turn, made some proposals that, in our opinion, would help resume cooperation of all the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signatories without exception," Lavrov said.

In July 2015, Iran signed a nuclear agreement with China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. The JCPOA stipulates that Iran must scale back its nuclear program and downgrade its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief, including the lifting of the UN arms embargo five years after the deal was agreed upon.

Earlier, Russia's foreign minister said that Moscow was working hard to maintain the nuclear deal with Iran, known as the JCPOA, which the United States had sought to destroy.

He said: "There is still a chance to maintain the agreement, and not only Russia but also China is active in this field, and the European members of the JCPOA are working to maintain this agreement."

According to UNSC Resolution 2231, the UN arms embargo on Iran will end on October 18. The US will offer the draft resolution of extending arms embargo in a UNSC session on Tuesday.


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