Sputnik – Earlier in the day, the Islamic Republic announced that it would be suspending several commitments within the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iranian nuclear deal, for a 60-day period, adding that the country has no intention to withdraw from the agreement completely.
According to Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Tehran’s backtracking on the agreement was due to external pressure.
“We see the consequences [of rash US moves towards Iran]. Of course, Russian diplomats will continue to discuss this topic with our European partners in order to work on preserving the viability of this accord”, he told journalists.
Peskov also stressed that it is premature to talk about imposing sanctions against Tehran following its suspension of some of its obligations.
Tehran’s decision to temporarily refuse to follow certain restrictions on uranium enrichment comes precisely one year after Washington announced the US’ withdrawal from the JCPOA and the re-introduction of sanctions against Iran.
In 2018, all the other signatories — Russia, China, Germany, France, the UK, and the EU — refused to follow the US example and confirmed their commitment to the accord, trying to save the deal with the Islamic Republic.