26 Apr 2019 12:37

Iran fully complies with JCPOA - Russia's Ryabkov

MOSCOW. April 26 (Interfax) - Moscow does not doubt that Iran fully and strictly complies with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but is concerned by the absence of any economic benefits for this country.

"We have no doubt that Iran's activities in the nuclear sphere fully and strictly meet the requirements of the JCPOA and the obligations assumed by Tehran in 2015," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at a briefing in Moscow on Friday.

"On the other hand, we are concerned that the second part of this agreement; namely, Iran receiving certain economic benefits and simply normalization of conditions for the country's economy, legal businesses, and ordinary trade, is under enormous pressure because of the U.S. policy to deliberately derail the JCPOA and intimidate the countries that are ready to further act in compliance with the law," Ryabkov said.

Moscow is opposed to such actions on the part of Washington, he said. "We see that blackmail against these countries through sanctions shows no sign of abating. On the contrary; we see that attempts to put such pressure on them are increasing. This is absolutely unacceptable for us," Ryabkov said.

This stance taken by the U.S. "reflects Washington's general policy of disregarding international agreements and international law," he said.