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Russia Supports Iran’s Right to Advanced Missile Program

Russia Supports Iran’s Right to Advanced Missile ProgramRussia Supports Iran’s Right to Advanced Missile Program

Russia believes that development of missile program is Tehran’s sovereign right and all the issues arising in this regard should be resolved at the negotiating table and without pressure, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Sputnik.

"We have always supported resolving problems that arise in interstate relations and in the dialogue on acute issues through negotiations and through relevant agreements," Ryabkov told Sputnik in an interview on Wednesday.

He said the developments surrounding the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and other issues that American counterparts put in the context of that deal, as well as Iran's behavior, has attracted Russia's close attention.

Ryabkov added that the meeting of parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will be held at the level of foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly later this month.

"The meeting of the participants of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - those who stayed in the agreement - will be held at the ministerial level," Ryabkov said.

According to the Russian official, the definite time is being coordinated, and the European External Action Service is expected to make an announcement in the near future.

On May 8, President Donald Trump pulled out of the JCPOA, which was signed in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran, Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany.

Iran and the remaining parties to the deal are negotiating ways to save the landmark agreement.

 

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