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Russian senior diplomat, EU ambassador discuss situation around Iran nuclear deal

May 14, 21:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Earlier on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal

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MOSCOW, May 14. /TASS/. Future of the Iran nuclear deal following the United States’ withdrawal was in focus of a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday.

"The two diplomats discussed issues of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program," the ministry said.

Earlier on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal as it, in his words, leaves Iran a possibility to create a nuclear bomb bypassing all the restrictions. He said another agreement with Iran should be signed.

Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint statement calling on all other parties to the JCPOA to stay committed to their liabilities under it.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated his country’s commitment to the deal, saying Teheran will continue to implement its liabilities.

China also spoke in favor for keeping the deal in place and expressed readiness to tighten cooperation on that matter with all parties concerned.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that Russia would do its best to keep the JCPOA in place, despite Washington’s plans to resume the anti-Iranian sanctions.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six international mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015. On January 16, 2016, the parties to the deal announced beginning of its implementation. Under the deal, Iran undertakes to curb its nuclear activities and place them under total control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange of abandonment of the sanctions imposed previously by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the United States over its nuclear program.

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