10 Jul 2019 18:02

Deviations from Iran deal should be discussed only within JCPOA Joint Commission - Russian envoy to IAEA

MOSCOW. July 10 (Interfax) - Any deviations from the implementation of any provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program should be discussed only within the framework of the JCPOA Joint Commission, Russian Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other international organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said.

"Deviations from the aforementioned limits can only be considered within the Joint Commission of the JCPOA," Ulyanov said at an extraordinary session of the IAEA Board of Governors convened at the United States' initiative in the wake of Iran's decision to curtail its obligations under the JCPOA.

"I can report that the Commission is dealing with these issues," he said.

Excerpts from Ulyanov's presentation at the session are available on the Twitter account of the Russian mission to Vienna.

"All responsibility for the possible scrapping of a durable and carefully configured verification toolkit will fall entirely on Washington," he said.

"Negative consequences will also have an impact on the Agency's entire safeguards system," he said.

Ulyanov acknowledged that the current session of the IAEA Board of Governors is "very unusual"

"We are discussing the situation with low-enriched uranium, which usually does not fall into our field of vision, since it does not create risks in terms of proliferation of nuclear weapons," Ulyanov said.