Russia: Loss of JCPOA Would Be Unforgivable

Russia: Loss of JCPOA Would Be UnforgivableRussia: Loss of JCPOA Would Be Unforgivable

Russia said it would be unforgivable if last year's nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers is dismantled.

In a statement on Thursday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said the loss of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the deal is formally known, will be unforgivable, the Interfax report was cited by Tasnim News Agency.

The ministry said it was disappointed by the United States' plans to extend Iran Sanctions Act for another 10 years.

The statement came after White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said recently that US President Barack Obama had declined to sign the ISA, but let it become law anyway.

He said Obama retains authority to waive all nuclear sanctions lifted as part of the deal, while declining to mention that that will be valid only up to Jan. 20 when he will officially cease to be president.

Iran and P5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain and France, plus Germany) reached the nuclear deal in July 2015 and implemented it in January this year.

While Tehran has fulfilled all of its commitments under the deal, Washington has failed to fully carry out its undertakings.

Earlier this month, the US Senate voted 99-0 to extend ISA for another decade.

The bill had been passed by the House of Representatives nearly unanimously in November.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that the implementation of ISA will constitute a "clear and flagrant violation of JCPOA" and draw a "very harsh reaction" from Tehran.


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