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No Need for a Supplemental Nuclear Deal
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No Need for a Supplemental Nuclear Deal

Moscow is confident that the Iran nuclear deal does not require any supplementary agreements, said the Russian ambassador to the international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov.
Russia is one of the six power nations that negotiated the high-profile 2015 nuclear accord with Iran.
Officially referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the pact scaled back Tehran's nuclear development in return for easing economic sanctions.
"If all the parties concerned suddenly develop a wish to make some additional agreements, which would not be immediately linked to the plan of action and would not be detrimental to it, this will be a matter of their political will and preparedness but still we think there's no need for whatever supplementary agreements today," Ulyanov told TASS.
The envoy made the comment on Friday after a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna.
"The way I see it, western countries are alarmed by the Iranian missile program and they are seeking to push it into the framework they would find suitable," Ulyanov said. "I can only confirm this issue doesn't have anything to do with the joint plan of action."
The deal should be left intact as it embodies an extremely fragile balance of interests, he cautioned.
All the seven parties to the pact, along with the EU, are represented in the Joint Commission, which was set up under the JCPOA and convenes every three months to discuss a whole spectrum of issues related to the implementation of the action plan.
The most recent gathering was particularly focused on Iran's complaint about the US aggressive approach.
Hawkish US President Donald Trump, who is pursuing a harsh line on Iran and the nuclear deal, has threatened to pull out in a couple of months if other parties fail to come up with a side deal to strengthen the deal's terms to his liking.
Iran has ruled out the possibility of acceding to a follow-up agreement.

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