Russia: JCPOA a balanced agreement based on NPT

IRNA – The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a balanced agreement for all parties and is made mostly based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), said a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official.

According to the official website of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, Head of the Delegation of the Russian Federation Mikhail I. Ulyanov made the remarks at the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna on Tuesday.

Referring to the significance of Iran’s landmark nuclear deal which was signed in 2015 between Iran and members of the G5+1 (US, Russia, Britain, France and China plus Germany), Ulyanov said it is mostly thanks to the fact that the deal is based on the NPT and the balance of rights and obligations stipulated in it.

An excerpt of the Ulyanov speach follows:

“Nevertheless, the NPT which will mark its fiftieth anniversary next year continues to be a pillar of the global strategic stability. It deserves to be titled the cornerstone of the modern system of international security.

The “founding fathers” of the Treaty managed to find such solutions that have been repeatedly tested and they still ensure an effective response to modern challenges. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program clearly confirms that. The agreement was reached mostly thanks to the fact that it is based on the NPT and the balance of rights and obligations stipulated in it.”

The historic nuclear deal was signed in July 2015 and officially implemented in January 2016, putting an end to more than a decade of nuclear dispute between the two sides.