Russia: Lavrov slams Washington's 'destructive' JCPOA withdrawal after Zarif meeting

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif met in Moscow on Monday to discuss, among other things tensions in the Persian Gulf. «We are united in the fact that the situation that has unfolded around this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is a direct consequence of the destructive steps of the US administration, which pulled out of this agreement. [It... Еще] not only pulled out of this agreement, which was approved by the UN Security Council, but also attempts to prohibit all other UN member states from implementing the binding decision of the Security Council,» said Lavrov. His Iranian counterpart also criticised US actions in the region, saying that “unfortunately, [the] US side is talking about the transfer of troops to this region. But this will lead to increased tension in the region”. Lavrov went on saying that «there are attempts to provoke Iran in violation of the non-proliferation regime, to undermine cooperation with the IAEA in order to apparently get a reason for the implementation of force scenarios, which we categorically condemn and which are unreasonably destructive for the entire region». Tensions between the United States and Iran have been escalating since Iran announced in May that it would partially withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal which the Obama administration, Iran and the European Union signed in 2015. The Trump administration withdrew from the deal in May 2018, re-imposing sanctions on Iran.

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