Lavrov: situation around JCPOA is crisis

Lavrov: situation around JCPOA is crisis

The circumstances surrounding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program are a crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said opening talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif today.

"We appreciate this possibility to meet in Moscow and exchange views on the issues of the JCPOA, and to be honest, the situation around is a crisis," Lavrov stressed.

The minister said that the legitimate interests of each participant in the Iran nuclear deal are enshrined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the parties need to cooperate in upholding them.

"I understand perfectly well that Iran wishes to protect its legitimate interests. I would like to point out that Russia and other participants in the deal - China and the European countries - also have their legitimate interests enshrined in this agreement. This is why we need to cooperate in protecting our legitimate interests," TASS cited Lavrov as saying.

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