JCPOA Ministers May Meet at UNGA

JCPOA Ministers May Meet at UNGA JCPOA Ministers May Meet at UNGA

A ministerial meeting on the fate of Iran’s nuclear deal is likely to be held in New York in late September, says a senior Russian official. 

Foreign ministers of the remaining signatories to the agreement may meet on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly, Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, told reporters on Thursday, TASS news agency said.  

The 73rd session of the 193-member UNGA will open at the UN headquarters on September 18. 

On July 16, foreign ministers from Iran, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China met in Vienna for the first time since the US pulled out of the deal 2015 accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. 

The deal stipulates the abolishment of sanctions introduced by the UN Security Council, the US and the European Union against Iran.

They discussed the way forward to ensure the implementation of the deal and affirmed their commitment to achieving a number of objectives, including the maintenance and promotion of economic relations with Iran, the preservation of effective financial channels and the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas condensate, petroleum products and petrochemicals. 

  Preserving the Deal  

TASS quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying that it is necessary to preserve the international agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program given its significance.  

“There are examples of jointly reached agreements that were derailed in an instant, I mean the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iran nuclear program,” Putin said at a recent meeting of Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives.  

This Iran deal “has a most important role for the global non-proliferation regime,” he noted, adding, “The current task is to preserve this key agreement and prevent uncontrolled escalation of tensions in the Middle East.” 

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