Lavrov, Tillerson Discuss Iran at First Meeting

Lavrov, Tillerson Discuss  Iran at First Meeting Lavrov, Tillerson Discuss  Iran at First Meeting

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday he discussed a number of issues, including the ones related to Iran, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during their bilateral meeting in Bonn, Germany.

On Thursday, Lavrov and Tillerson held the first meeting after the appointment of the top US diplomat in the German city of Bonn, Sputnik reported.

"Yes, we have discussed Iran, as well as other key issues of international agenda. We proceed from the premise that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which has settled the problem of the Iranian nuclear program, will remain in place. The US side continues to participate in monitoring the implementation of the document along with other participants of the accord," Lavrov told reporters.

The Russian minister emphasized that all countries should abide by the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, including lifting the ban on economic ties with Tehran.

Earlier in the day, Lavrov held a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano in Munich and discussed the implementation of JCPOA and monitoring activities.

"[Amano] has confirmed that monitoring of this program's implementation shows that Iran fulfills its obligations and we assume that it will continue. But other parties to the agreement should also fulfill their obligations. I mean full lifting of restrictions on economic cooperation and other ties with Iran," Lavrov said.

Iran, five permanent UN Security Council members, Germany and the European Union signed the nuclear pact in July 2015 to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program, which Tehran says has never had military aspects.

Under the agreement, Iran pledged to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. A UN resolution was passed shortly afterwards, reaffirming the nuclear agreement. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Iranian nuclear agreement during his election campaign and after winning the race.

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