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Russian, Iranian diplomats discuss situation around Iran deal in light of new US sanctions

MOSCOW, November 6. /TASS/. The situation around the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal in the light of the United States’ new sanctions against Teheran was in focus of a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanai, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

“The sides exchanged views on a range of topical issues of the international agenda, including the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program in the light of Washington’s new package of anti-Iranian sanctions,” the ministry said.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six international mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015. On January 16, 2016, the parties to the deal announced beginning of its implementation. Under the deal, Iran undertakes to curb its nuclear activities and place them under total control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange of abandonment of the sanctions imposed previously by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the United States over its nuclear program.

In May 2018, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s decision to withdraw from the deal, saying it leaves Iran a possibility to create a nuclear bomb bypassing all the restrictions. He warned the United States would reinstate its old anti-Iranian sanctions and would imposed new ones. The first round of sanctions covering Iran’s automotive sector and trade in gold and metals was re-imposed in early August. Further sanctions came into effect from November 5 in a bid to reduce Iran’s oil revenues to zero.

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