Russia, UK Agree on Need to Enforce JCPOA

Russia, UK Agree on Need to Enforce JCPOARussia, UK Agree on Need to Enforce JCPOA

Russia and the United Kingdom agree on the need to begin the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The statement came following a phone talk between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and UK Foreign Office's Political Director Simon Gass. "Preparations to begin a full-scale implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [the official title of the nuclear deal] on resolving the situation surrounding Iran's nuclear program were discussed," the statement was cited by Sputnik.

The two sides noted that both Moscow and London "believe in the need for a speedy transition to the practical implementation phase of the JCPOA", and will take the necessary measures.

In July, P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom plus Germany) reached a deal with Iran to place time-bound restrictions on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for economic sanctions relief. Under the deal, Tehran agreed to reduce its stock of enriched uranium, reduce the number of centrifuges, reconfigure the heavy water reactor in Arak and refrain from any uranium enrichment at the Fordo facility.