Russia will not associate itself with a resolution on Iran if it is adopted at the current session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Mikhail Ulyanov, Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna, announced this on his Telegram channel.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that the intention of the Western participants in the Vienna talks to adopt a resolution on Iran at the current session of the IAEA Board of Governors is very counterproductive for the JCPOA. Russia will in no case associate itself with such a resolution,— he wrote.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett presented documents alleging that Iran deceived the IAEA. Israel accuses Tehran of trying to hide the state of affairs in its nuclear program. In this regard, consideration of the resolution was initiated at the meeting of the Board of Governors of the agency, which takes place in Vienna from 6 to 10 June.
The United States, France, Great Britain, Germany, China, Russia and Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015, in which they agreed not to impose sanctions against Tehran in exchange for its refusal to develop nuclear weapons. The JCPOA included, in particular, the restriction of uranium enrichment and the access of IAEA inspectors to all nuclear facilities in the country.
In 2018, the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, accusing it of violating the agreement. After that, Tehran decided to increase the level of uranium enrichment, and also limited cooperation with the IAEA.
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In September 2021, US President Joe Biden announced Washington's readiness to return to compliance with the nuclear deal with Tehran if it takes similar steps. In March, the US State Department said talks on the issue were close to the finish line, but the most difficult issues remained unresolved.
In April, Iranian parliamentarians put forward conditions for the renewal of the nuclear deal to President Ibrahim Raisi. Among them are the US refusal to impose new sanctions against Iran and the lifting of restrictions on oil exports from Iran, legal guarantees approved by the US Congress that Washington will not withdraw from the agreements.
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