Lavrov: US sanctions on Iran should not destroy JCPOA

Lavrov: US sanctions on Iran should not destroy JCPOA

Moscow will seek to make sure that US sanctions on Iran neither destroy the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), nor affect Tehran’s partners, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

"We will seek to make sure that it does not destroy the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iranian nuclear program. This is our common goal," the diplomat noted. "Besides, we will seek to ensure that there is no extraterritorial influence on Iran’s partners," he added.

"The World Trade Organization has rules on this matter, so some non-judicial agreements may be made. As far as I understand, this is what our European partners want to reach with the Americans, they want to bargain something. I don’t know if there could be success," TASS cited the Russian top diplomat as saying.

"As for unilateral US sanctions, we can do nothing in that regard. However, it cannot refer to sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council. That removal is not subject to review," Lavrov said.

"If Washington once again tries to make these restrictions exterritorial, it will significantly affect the situation in the region and relations between the United States and Europe, as well as between the United States and Russia. We will evaluate it from the standpoint of the World Trade Organization’s principles," Lavrov added.

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