Ryabkov: Iran nuclear deal meeting rejects U.S. idea to reinstate sanctions

Ryabkov: Iran nuclear deal meeting rejects U.S. idea to reinstate sanctions

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov announced that the meeting of the Joint Commission of Iran and five international mediators (Russia, China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom) in Vienna rejected Washington’s initiative to reinstate sanctions against Tehran.

"We are witnessing an important process of consolidation of parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) against this American venture. We are certain that the results of today’s event will help our colleagues in New York continue their work in the right direction," TASS cited him as saying.

Ryabkov also emphasized that all the meeting participants again backed preserving the deal. According to him, they took stock of the JCPOA’s current implementation and discussed steps to boost chances of saving it.

Moreover, the deputy minister pointed out lack of legal grounds behind U.S. attempts to reinstate sanctions against Iran and impose its "skewed and unilateral interpretation of the situation" on the world, disregarding any arguments.

"We are certain that if the international community and the UN Security Council members will continue to stick to principled positions on this issue, which is what we are working on, then the situation will emerge when the U.S. will be alone in the UN Security Council with this paradoxical point of view. At least, such a unique development seems rather likely. Therefore, the U.S. can end up losing a lot if it does not review its unfounded position and does not take obvious things into account," the senior diplomat underlined.