Iran’s cooperation with IAEA confirms its nuclear program is peaceful - Russian envoy

  • 22:17 10 September 2019

Iran’s cooperation with IAEA confirms its nuclear program is peaceful - Russian envoy

Iran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency confirms the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program, Russia’s Permanent Representative at International Organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said at a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors on Tuesday, ONA reports citing TASS.

He said Russia was firmly committed to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to the full extent without exemptions, but at the same time without irrelevant addenda.

"We’ve taken note of Iran’s latest step to relinquish commitments under the JCPOA. We understand that this is Tehran’s predictable and forced reaction to the absence of practical progress in restoring the balance between the nuclear and financial-economic components of the JCPOA. These measures go beyond the bounds of the ‘nuclear deal’ but they do not pose any risks from the standpoint of proliferation and will be completely reversible after political solutions have been achieved," UIyanov said.

"It is important that the Iranian side continues full cooperation with the IAEA Secretariat, which is a key condition for confirming the exceptionally peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program. We call upon Iran to refrain from further steps that might aggravate the situation. We are asking all other JCPOA participants to display reasonable restraint and political will for the sake of achieving mutually acceptable solutions," Ulyanov said.

He added that Russia hailed France’s initiatives geared to restore the nuclear deal’s balance. "We hail France’s initiatives that are aimed at restoring the balance envisaged by the JCPOA. We will continue work with other participants in the nuclear deal to find mutually acceptable solutions to the problems within the JCPOA Joint Commission," he noted.

French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier a meeting between the US and Iranian presidents, Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani, was highly desirable. He suggested Iran be allowed to import certain amounts of oil in exchange for a number of serious commitments. Thus, one of the options was to let Iran sell some 700,000 barrels of oil a day and extend a 15 billion US dollar loan to it.

Faig Mahmudov