All sides have consensus about saving Iran deal: Russian diplomat

IRNA – A senior Russian diplomat said that all participants at the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) joint commission meeting had consensus that the Iranian nuclear deal should be saved.

The Iran nuclear deal can be saved with political will, Russia’s representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mikhail Ulyanov told reporters on Friday.

He said that unity and political will for protecting the JCPOA were two major topics of the JCPOA joint commission meeting.

The Russian diplomat said that talks to save JCPOA are ‘on right track’.

The JCPOA joint commission meeting focused on the nuclear issue, removal of sanctions and consequences of US withdrawal, he added.

The Russian top negotiator said that referring the issue of US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal to the UN Security Council is not on the agenda.

JCPOA joint commission meeting kicked off in Vienna’s Cobourg Hotel on Friday to hold consultations on mechanisms to continue implementation of the deal.

For the first time since the deal came into force in 2015, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany have gathered at Iran’s request without the United States, which pulled out on May 8.

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano also attended the JCPOA joint commission meeting to reiterate Iran’s commitment to its obligations.

IAEA in its 11th periodical report released on Thursday once again verified Iran’s adherence to its nuclear deal with world powers.

Secretary-General of European External Action Service Helga Schmid chaired the meeting. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi headed the Iranian delegation to the meeting.