13 Jan 2020 10:34

JCPOA unilaterally dismantled by United States - Kosachyov

MOSCOW. Jan 13 (Interfax) - The unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has led to a breach of its obligations as a party to the Iran nuclear deal and a UN member state, Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachyov said in a statement on Facebook.

"The JCPOA was unilaterally dismantled by the Americans (although the withdrawal procedure was defined by a relevant resolution of the UN Security Council) who twice breached their obligations, both as a party to the JCPOA and a UN member state, above all a permanent member of the UN Security Council, " Kosachyov said in his comments on the joint statement of France, Germany, and the UK which reaffirmed their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal.

He described as "bad news" the fact that the trilateral statement did not urge the United States to honor the deal but only "expressed regret."

"To a large extent, the JCPOA relied on mutual obligations of the United States and Iran - the lifting of sanctions in exchange for dismantling the nuclear program. But, according to the Western logic, no matter what the United States do with its sanctions (which have been nothing but tightening), Iran is the only one that must fulfill the JCPOA, and it is the only one to blame for non-fulfillment," Kosachyov said.