Russia warns US over any anti-JCPOA move

IRNA – After US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s critical approach towards the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and a program for reviewing it, Moscow warned Washington over any anti-deal measures.

Russian Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Vladimir Voronkov said, ‘ A possible abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal would threaten global stability.’

Russia is waiting for the United States to outline its specific position on the Iranian nuclear program at next week’s joint commission meeting, he said, Sputnik reported.

‘We will be interested in hearing that US position, which specifically relates to the JCPOA provisions that Mr. Tillerson expressed in general terms,’ Voronkov said, referring to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Voronkov stated that the position of the United States at the upcoming meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission, scheduled for April 25, was of key importance for understanding the future of the Iranian nuclear accord.

‘It is clear that the US position at this meeting and further regarding the JCPOA, the readiness of the United States to continue fulfilling its obligations will influence the stability of the deal and the progress in its implementation,’ Voronkov said, stressing that Russia remains a strong supporter of the deal.

Tillerson said Wednesday the JCPOA ‘fails to achieve’ the objective of non-nuclear Iran and ‘only delays Tehran’s goal of becoming a nuclear state’.