Russia, China, Germany Welcome Iran-IAEA Deal

A senior Russia diplomat said the important thing is that both parties confirmed their determination to continue dialogue on the entire range of issues related to the IAEA’s monitoring activities in Iran
Russia, China, Germany Welcome Iran-IAEA Deal
Russia, China, Germany Welcome Iran-IAEA Deal

Moscow, Beijing and Berlin hailed the recent deal between Iran and the UN nuclear agency to continue their technical cooperation. 
Moscow welcomes an agreement on maintaining interaction between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Monday.
“We welcome the agreement on servicing monitoring equipment installed at Iran’s nuclear facilities, which was reached by the IAEA and the AEOI,” the statement read, TASS news agency reported.
According to Zakharova, the important thing is that both parties confirmed their determination to continue dialogue on the entire range of issues related to the IAEA’s monitoring activities in Iran.
Russia “expects that the [ongoing] session of the IAEA Board of Governors, [which began] on September 13, including discussions on issues related to monitoring activities in Iran, will help enhance mutual understanding between the agency and Tehran, which have once again proved their ability to work together and achieve the desired result. Any external pressure and attempts to interfere in the process are counterproductive,” the statement said.
“We also expect that a constructive and business-like atmosphere at the session of the IAEA Board of Governors will provide a boost to preparations for the next round of the Vienna consultations on the full restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program. The root causes of the current difficulties around the nuclear deal, which are widely known, haven’t been addressed yet,” Zakharova noted.
Russia calls on all its partners in the JCPOA, including Iran, as well as on the United States, to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible. “We believe that the fastest way to reviving the nuclear deal requires Washington and Tehran to simultaneously return to their commitments under the JCPOA and UN Security Council Resolution 2231 without any additions and exceptions. Russia is determined to facilitate the process in every possible way,” the statement added.



First Positive Step 

Germany also on Monday welcomed the nuclear monitoring deal between IAEA and Iran, calling it a “first positive step.”
Speaking at a weekly news conference, German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said, “It is a first positive step. After the trip, however, we also expect the IAEA to be able to service the cameras in the affected [nuclear] facilities very promptly as agreed and change the [cameras’] memory cards,” Anadolu Agency reported. 
Tehran on Sunday gave a green light for the UN nuclear watchdog to service the surveillance cameras installed at Iranian nuclear sites in an effort to ease western concerns over Iran’s nuclear activities.
The announcement came during the visit of IAEA chief Rafael Grossi to Tehran on Sunday, a day before the start of this week’s IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna.
Meanwhile, Adebahr urged Tehran again to return to the nuclear talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.
“We hope for a very quick return to the negotiating table in Vienna. That would be a very sensible thing to do right now,” she said.
Adebahr’s remarks came after Iran’s new foreign minister indicated earlier this month that his country’s return to the nuclear talks in Vienna could still be months away.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was quoted by state broadcaster IRIB as saying that the other sides participating in the talks understand that it would take “two or three months” for the new government to be established and prepare.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said while such a time span was “far too long,” he is optimistic on “a positive conclusion” of the Iran nuclear accord.
Delegations from the JCPOA’s signatories, namely the UK, France, Germany, Russia, and China, launched efforts in April to bring Tehran and Washington, which abandoned the deal in 2018, back into fold. After the June 18 election victory of Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi, these negotiations in Vienna were suspended.
In the talks, Iran demands that all western sanctions be lifted, while its interlocutors seek to reinstate controls on its nuclear program.



Only Correct Way 

In addition, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said Beijing welcomes the consensus reached by Iran and the IAEA through dialogue and cooperation on the safeguards and monitoring of the Iranian nuclear program and hopes that the two sides will carry on the sound momentum of communication and properly resolve the relevant pending issues, according to a transcript of his remark at a presser on Monday posted on the ministry’s website.  
“We also call on relevant parties to play a constructive role to this end.”
“China always holds that upholding and implementing the JCPOA is the only correct and effective way to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis. Relevant parties, especially the US, should make resolute political decision at an early date, take concrete steps to advance resumption of and progress in negotiations on compliance of the Iranian nuclear deal,” the spokesman said. 
“We hope relevant parties will adhere to the right direction and create enabling conditions and atmosphere for diplomatic efforts,” he added. 
Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a tweet on Monday that he had urged Iran to return to the JCPOA talks in Vienna in a call with the Iranian foreign minister.

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